‘How can anyone be clean before God? Religion says we should perform certain rituals, rules and regulations. The problem is, according to Jesus, these are only external solutions to a deeper, internal problem. The human heart is by nature unclean, broken and corrupted. Our heart is deeply disordered in its desires and intentions.
So how can we purify the heart? We can’t! Only God can.
Which is why he sent Jesus to die, rise and then send his spirit into our lives. Due to God’s work for us and in us, our hearts are made pure in his sight and also become the site of progressive renovation as we seek to become more like Jesus with his enabling.’