Good works can never be the means to eternal life. However, those who have received God’s gift of salvation will demonstrate that God is in their lives by the way they treat those around them. By contrast, those who repay evil with evil demonstrate theat they have not been truly transformed by God’s grace.
1 Peter 3:9-12
Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult, but give a blessing instead—it is for this reason you were called, so that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For,
“The one who loves life,
wanting to see good days,
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good.
He must seek shalom and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of Adonai are on the righteous
and His ears open to their prayer,
but the face of Adonai is against those who do evil.”