If you reject God’s teaching,
you will pay the price.
  —Proverbs 13:13

A West Virginia state trooper pulled a woman over for going fifteen miles over the speed limit. After he wrote her a ticket, she asked, “Don’t you give out warnings?” “Yes ma’am,” he said; “they’re all up and down the road. They say, ‘Speed Limit 55.’”

The Bible posts warnings too. Here are a few from Proverbs.

“Avoid evil and walk straight ahead. Don’t go one step off the right way” (4:27).

“Don’t talk so much . . . Be sensible and turn off the flow” (10:19)

“It is hard to stop a quarrel once it starts, so don’t let it begin” (17:14).

“If you refuse to obey what you have been taught, your prayers will not be heard” (28:9).

When the warnings are ignored, there’s a price to pay.

Famous last words: “I did it my way.”

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