Originally posted by The Djin
reply to post by BlackViolet
make a noise about it,not looking for any award or reward,only doing what they have been asked and what
Which begs the immediate response "Would they still do it for its' owns sake if they were commanded to do it through fear of loss?"
No,They wouldn't,they would be doing it out of fear,They would be motivated
by something that is not born from love
In the case of the ones that i am talking about this is not the case,
God has put his love in their hearts and in turn they love him and also
their fellow man and they are motivated by that love.
An example would be my Children,My Children like to make me presents,
They are not expensive nor are they elaborate,they are drawings and things
that are sticky taped and stapled together but they made them and did them for me,
They didn't make it because in their hearts they thought "Oh,I had better make Dad
a present or he will be mad at me or he wont love me",No,They do it because they do
love me and love to please me.
I know where you are coming from with the "Fear" aspect tho,We see fear and it's
consequences and out comings all around us and it's a very crippling thing,never
a good motivator,Unfortunately the "fear" has been used by those wielding authority
and it has been used in the name of God as well,This is not the true representation
of the character of God,I know that it seems that the fear and abuse of these things
is all that is seen,We hear very little of the good that is being done,it is a shame,
but it is very easy to look at one side of a story,all the more so when we are inclined
to that side in our hearts,We can look at the one side of Gods word that says
"Judgment" and "everlasting fire" and all those things but still that is only one side,
When the other side is looked at,the one that speaks of "loving kindness" and "mercy"
It is only then that the other side is seen in a different light.
Unfortunately i can't stop the things that some people do,I don't condone or agree
with it,The hard thing is that once there is a bad apple in the bunch it spoils the
whole lot and while there are those that go about their business quietly they
can unwillingly be tarred with the same brush as those that are motivated by something
other than love.
Thanks for the good question Djin