At the Word, How do we respond- hardness and stubbornness and rejection, or meekness and repentance? Do we respond immediately, or do we take our time, responding when it's convenient?
Josiah heard the Word and "rent his clothes." (KJV)
To rent means to tear, separate, divide. It is an act of repentance in the spiritual sense.
Sometimes separation is simple.
Sometimes it demands us having to literally tear ourselves away from some things, people, and places. Regardless, we must do what we must in order to walk in the light of the Word rather than the dark temporary pleasures the evil of the world has to offer.
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him;- Joel 2:13-14a
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12