God never threatens: the devil never warns,. We sometimes use the words threat and warning interchangeably. Threats are used to get people to do what is in our best interest. Warnings, are issued to get people to do what is in their best interest. In other words, threats seek to preserve power whereas warnings serve to protect people from danger.

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Satan wants us to think of God's loving warnings  as mean-spirited threats, but he is wrong. The evidence of this is found in the many commands that are coupled with phrases like " that it may go well with you" (Deuteronomy 4:40).

In loving relationships, people warn one another of the inevitable consequences of foolish behavior. In unhealthy relationships, people threaten one another with punishment if they fail to live up to unreasonable demands.

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As we interact with other, it's good to consider the nature of our counsel and commands. Do we use ultimatums to preserve our own well-being? Or do we lovingly warn others to keep them from harm?

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