As I said, I believe the scriptures teach of our "works of righteousness". How are they described? Filthy rags. I'm personally not as "afraid of works", as I am sick of works that are just me struggling rather than looking to Him for strength and to do it through me. I'm not capable of "being good".
When the Spirit is working through a believer, works occur that will not be burned in that day. I believe that's what the scriptures teach. I AM NOT claiming I always know the difference, never get in the flesh, etc. It's part of the day to day walking in out in shoe leather, learning from our mistakes, "growing in grace and knowledge". I've spent many years trying to be good enough to either save myself or keep myself saved. I'm still learning, but I like these verses - "looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our salvation"; "He who has begun a good work in you will complete it"; "we are predestined in Him for good works".
We can't save ourselves, and after we're saved, I believe unless we look to Him to lead us and work through us, we'll continue to meet with frustration. It's not faith and no works that I'm saying, it's faith that will bring the works of Christ as He moves through the believer. Believe me, I believe in holy and righteous living - but I don't believe I can do that on my own, just because I want to or choose to. I need Him to empower me - "in Him we live and exist and have our being".
Great scrip from Ephesians 1;
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5hec predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And hed made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
11In him we were also chosen,e having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory