ref·or·ma·tion \ noun \ re-fər-mā-shən\
1: the act of reforming : the state of being reformed re·form \ verb \ ri-fȯrm\ a : to put or change into an improved form or condition b : to amend or improve by change of form or removal of faults or abuses
In the book of Jeremiah, the Bible speaks of God telling His people to reform (amend) their ways:
- "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place'" (Jeremiah 7:3).
- "Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good" (Jeremiah 18:11).
- "Now therefore, amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; then the LORD will relent concerning the doom that He has pronounced against you" (Jeremiah 26:13).
- "Turn now everyone from his evil way, amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them" (Jeremiah 35:15).
To amend or reform is by definition "to put or change into an improved form or condition." This was something the people of Israel were commanded to do.
Reformation is an outward work of man changing his behaviors, and that results (or should result) in an inward change of heart.