But no amount of understanding or faith, no amount of courage or strength, will, or discipline, could root out the blackness that hid in this human heart. Even the best of humanity lay dark and broken at the core. A remnant of goodness, a glimpse of godlike beauty remains, but it is tainted and dirtied by sin. Such stains can only be wiped out with God-designed remedies. We can only hope for God’s grace and mercy. We cannot wipe it out on our simple acts of good-works. We must simply trust and hope in God for forgiveness.