But without “personal housecleaning,” all the reasons we choose to do “good” in the world can be suspect. We are flawed creatures, and covering our flaws with charitable actions—before of rooting them out—is merely deception, whereby we don’t have to change who we really are inside.
Only the Lord God is good.
So when we search out and remove suspicious elements hiding deeply within our motives, room is made for God’s genuine love to flow in and guide our actions.
This purifying process is how we regain innocence—which makes our acts of goodness spiritually good and angelic.