Living by good laws is like living in an internal prison--sentenced for life. When you are sentenced for life without chance for a parole, your sentence cannot be revoked. You can't even be released for good behavior. All your good behavior can't make up to pay for your sentence.
A prisoner simply has to keep the regiment and rules of the prison. He just has to obey. In desperation on occasion, he breaks the law. But keeping the law or breaking the law is not going to help his sentence or hurt his sentence any. It will hurt the quality of his life inside the prison. But the ultimate question of release is not on the table. You are sentenced to life.
In the same way, all your good behavior is not going to make up for the life sentence. The only way you can get out of the sentence is if someone meets the sentence for you.