God loves us. That’s clear from Scripture. We cannot do anything to change God’s love for us.
In Christ, we are righteous and holy. That is clear as well. We cannot do anything to make ourselves more righteous or more holy.
So, what does it mean for something to be pleasing to God?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here are a few passages of Scripture to consider:
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. (1 Thessalonians 4:1 ESV)
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. (Hebrews 13:15-16 ESV)
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21-22 ESV)
There are many other passages that talking about pleasing (or not pleasing) God. And, these passages are written to people who are saved, who are in Christ, who are children of God, who are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean for them (and for us) to please God?