The book points out Micah 6:3-8. For context, I read the entire chapter. The Lord was not pleased with Israel at that moment. In fact, the verses depict the Lord speaking the Israel and reminding them of the journey they had been through with the help of the Lord. "My people, remember what Balak king of Moab plotted and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord." (v. 5). The question then turns to Israel with the prophet Micah asking what they needed to do to make it right. Will burnt offerings, firstborns, young calves, bowing, or rivers of oil be enough? The only tangible thing that God requires from us is our tithes and offerings (and yet some of us complain about that).
These people were willing to do anything to get back in God's good graces. In my sanctified imagination, I picture a father loving his child so much and wanting to give him the world, only to have that child slap him in the face and refuse his love. When we do not work on improving our souls we are denying ourselves of a closer relationship with God. What is worse is we are denying others an opportunity to know God. How can you tell someone else about God, when you ignore Him Monday - Saturday?
What do you need to do to improve your soul? The answer is found in verse 8: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Wow! All we have to do is act like we have some sense and know who God is. That means loving thy neighbor as thyself and not picking fights or killing each other. Speaking with tongues of love and not hatred. Living as God dictates and not man. A lot would have to change on this earth for every human being to live by this one verse. Until such time, we can choose to do our part and work to improve our souls and follow God's commandments instead of falling into the temptations of the world. I am working to improve my soul so that I can improve myself.