Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end. [MSG]
Repetition forms habit. Habit becomes ruling principle. And so punishment is a certainty, not a matter of chance.
What are your habits?
What do you find yourself doing everyday? Every week?
What do you find yourself thinking about most often? Or at least with frequent regularity?
Do your habits of action and thought lead to more life–peace, joy, love?
Or do your habits lead to death–anger, fear, pain, discontent, wanting what you don’t have, holding on too tightly to what you do have?
The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch Him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. They knew the story was about them. [MSG]
These religious guys did not live out Proverbs very well. They didn’t exactly “embrace reproof.”
There’s a lot going on here.
Do you find you are often wanting to defend yourself?
Do you become angry at people who challenge you?
Are you intimidated by public opinion to a degree that outweighs your desire to please God?