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The Law of Empowerment Part 18

Positive and Negative Reinforcement-Jude 14-16

Four times Jude uses the word “ungodly” to guide his readers into a lifestyle pleasing to God. Like all good leaders, Jude understands the need for both positive and negative reinforcement. He empowers his readers to do what is right by sharing the rewards of righteous living and the consequences of unrighteous living. Note both sides of this motivational coin:

Positive Reinforcement Negative Reinforcement
1. Enoch’s prophecy of the Lord’s return 1. The Lord’s judgment against the ungodly
2. The apostle’s writings about Christ 2. The last days will produce selfish people
3. God’s judgment will bless the godly 3. God’s judgment will punish the wicked

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