Friday, October 9, 2009

Verse of the Day

Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to GOD, your God. And here's why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, This most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. (Joel 2:13 MSG)

The picture of changing our lives here isn't as clear to me as the other versions state it: "Rend your heart and not your garments." A picture of grief and mourning, which is the way of true repentance. Repentance turns 180 degrees from sinful behavior to godly behavior, which is the meaning of the first word change in The Message. But I love the way the rest of the verse is paraphrased.

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