Psalm 34:18 Amplified says, “The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent.” Penitent means: conscience-stricken, regretful.
Romans 8:7 says that are carnal, fleshly mind is enmity against God. Our carnal way of thinking dictates our actions against God way.
A contrite hearts willingly dies to its flesh. We recognize afresh that He died in His flesh, to give us grace to conquer our flesh. Colossians 1:21-22 says, “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”