If we abstain from committing a particular sin, for fear of God, does God reward us for this and count the abstention as good deeds?
With all the attraction and the immediate physical and material pleasures generally involved in most of the ‘sins’, it is indeed a good deed to refrain from all immoral actions. Refraining from immorality is, indeed, a part of morality.
On the basis of the abounding mercy and grace of the Almighty, we should remain hopeful of being rewarded not only for our good deeds, but also for the good deeds that we desired to perform as well as for all those evil deeds, which we refrained from for our love for winning the pleasures of and fear of the wrath of the Almighty.
I hope this helps.
January 19, 2002