“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.
The scriptures tell us that we are to love one another because Christ first loved us. So, the practicing Christian does good out of appreciation and thanksgiving to God. Yes, our good works should be in response to the grace of God, not to earn his grace or avoid his punishment. Unfortunately, many people only do good out of fear of getting caught doing bad.
Feel free to leave a comment to let me know what you think. Is the above quote Biblical, or did some other wise person say it? Are they right? Do you agree that grace should precede works like the horse in front of the cart?