We all have a couple sides to us. One is the presentable self, defined by our success and best qualities, the other is our hidden self, which shows up in our greatest shortcomings, struggles, and mistakes. How do we know who we are, when there’s so much conflicting data on who we are?
(As we saw last week, in the beginning God declared that we are VERY GOOD. We sometimes think that in the Fall we traded all that away, but throughout the Bible, each member of the Trinity continues to affirm our goodness, in spite of the sinful parts that still remain (simul justus et peccator). God is no liar. We don’t have the power to change what he has declared over us).