It motivates us more2 November 2022
It may be that the threat of eternal punishment is more indicative of God’s love for us than is his promise of the heavenly kingdom. Because, unless there were the threat of eternal punishment, not many of us would gain their salvation. You see, we’re slothful, and the promise of heavenly blessings isn’t enough for us. The fear of punishment prompts us more towards virtue.
Saint John Chrysostom