So many Christians have a “form of godliness” but do not experience God’s life-changing reality. Yet the Apostle Paul wrote that the gospel “is the power of God” (Rom 1:16). I believe that by this gospel, God commissions and ethically empowers a person to turn his or her heart affectionately to both God and neighbor. For the Spirit of God creates a new heart in the person who believes in Christ.
You can find my article on this thought here. Warning: it’s technical in nature, published in a theological journal.