Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
There was no king in Israel, no authority. Everyone was doing whatever they felt was right and best. That obviously leads to problems.
Today we have no king but Jesus. He is not here on the earth making laws and punishing those that offend. We must learn to let the Holy Spirit rule in our hearts. He will rule via His Word.
Sometimes I think that is hard. I think that the Holy Spirit may use the Word of God directly in my heart as I read and pray. He might use a preached or taught message or He might use a brother who would correct us.
Any of these can feel painful. Being shown my failure and my sin hurts. My pride gets demolished but I need it.
I need to see where I have been doing things my way and in pride instead of serving and honoring God with my life. I need to be sure that the way I treat people is the right way. I need to be sure that I have the right spirit.
I do not want to be doing what I think is right. I need some authority. That authority is the Word of God in the hands of the Holy Spirit. I need to accept correction however He might bring it!