Once a person has hardened their heart toward God . . . it’s difficult to reverse the process. Sin has a tendency to creep in and lock on. Then, feeble, seemingly insignificant attempts at softening our hearts fail. And fail. And fail again. And after a while, trying seems useless. We don’t feel sincere. We don’t feel capable.
Softening a heart that’s been hardened toward God can seem an insurmountable task—even impossible.