“However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” Romans 4:5
How could God make it any clearer that our works do not justify us? We cannot earn anything. Here He says, you do not work but trust; your faith is credited as righteousness. We are all wicked, that is why Jesus died! Through Jesus the wicked are justified. In Christ alone am I justified. Faith is credited not works.
God, you are so amazing! That you would choose to freely give grace, not requiring us to earn it. But then you knew we could never earn it on our own. You showed us mercy beyond measure, grace, amazing and free. It is mine. Nothing can take it away. Praise Your Holy name!