I used to watch a TV show called Beyond Scared Straight. It followed at-risk teens throughout their day inside the prison. They use the prison environment to give teens a shocking experience to scare them into changing their reckless behavior. Personally, I know from experience the pain and suffering from my consequences for choosing to do wrong instead of right, especially when I knew better. Hebrews 10:26 says “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” For the word of God is clear that willful sinners have their pay day… death (Romans 6:23).
God allowed me to almost lose everything to scare me into my senses to change. I have learned saying “I am sorry” is not enough. In order to change your behavior, your heart must change first. For me, it took being scared straight to change my ways. The thought of losing my family or any peace of mind, was enough for me to stop. I am not talking about being fearful in a negative sense. But I mean being scared to the point of being shaken to core of your heart. Now, I should have learned better from making the mistake the first time. But for us hardheaded folks like me, being scared straight is the best medicine.