Baal HaSulam, The Writings of the Last Generation: It is impossible to taste pleasure in adhesion before one performs many good deeds that can affect it, meaning by strict observance of this condition to bring Him contentment, or in other words, delight in the contentment given to the Creator by performing the commandment. After one feels the great pleasure in the acts, it is possible to understand Him, to the extent of that pleasure.
To bring contentment to the Creator, one must perform good deeds for others because it does not matter whether you do them with respect to people or to the Creator. However, our egoism revolts against this.
Concerning the Creator, you seem to be ready to do good deeds because your egoism indulges in it. But, if you really want them to be for His sake, it is only possible by doing them for people.
Question: Does this mean that without actions I cannot come to adhesion with the Creator in my intentions?
Answer: No! Your intentions only deceive you, while actions indicate that your intentions are true.
The most important action is to organize people so that they are connected with each other by good ties.
From KabTV’s “The Last Generation,” 12/11/17