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Depending how you choose to look at it, verse 23 will either give you hope or despair, until you read on to verse 24, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. I feel an incredible amount of hope in these verses. God already knows I have fallen short of what He requires of me to be justified. But because of the redemption I receive from Christ, I am justified in the eyes of God. I get very frustrated when I realize I am so weak and so full of sin. Sometimes it’s hard to feel I am redeemed by Christ’s sacrifice. However, when I read verses like this, I am reassured that redemption comes to all who repent and accept grace; giving me hope through these verses.