. . . so that God might grant them repentance unto knowledge of the truth . . .
--2 Tim 2:25
Not: knowledge of the truth leading to repentance
But: repentance leading to knowledge of the truth
Paul knew that soft-heartedness fueled understanding; understanding does not necessarily fuel soft-heartedness.
Having trouble with predestination? The absolute sovereignty of God over every detail of your life? The offer of full forgiveness? God's governing will over earthquakes?
Have you tried repenting?
I believe in order to understand.
--St. Augustine, Sermon 43, Works III/2, p. 242