Carrot and Stick
I think most people understand what is meant by the carrot and stick approach.
I think that in many ways God is the same.
God is Love.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- 1 John 4:16 (KJV)
But there is also wrath towards sin.
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
- Hebrews 10:31 (KJV)
We therefore ought to obey God, and repent from our sins.