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1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Perhaps my frustration is in part because the standards that Jesus sets for us feel unattainable. No one can truly love God with all of his or her heart. No one can feed every hungry person. We all fall short of the glory of God. This is an uncomfortable truth at best—and heartbreaking at worst.
John the Evangelist writes in his first letter that if we say we worship God but can’t admit to sin, we are walking in darkness. Admitting we have fallen short is the only way to shed light on our situation. Realizing that we aren’t perfect opens the door to a life closer to God and an opportunity to bask in the light of mercy, forgiveness, and love.
MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever been defeated by what felt like an insurmountable challenge? How did you get back up?
Today the Church remembers Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist.