God does not work with hard hearts.
Jesus comes to those that have soft hearts.
Rev 3:20-21, “Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!”
Jesus makes us conquerors. I think of Paul too.
Soft hearts allow for us to be used, effective, and encouragement.