When Jesus cites the woes of the Pharisees, He shows us that hypocrisy is its own punishment. If we lack integrity, it is inevitable that we will be disappointed.

Am I able to acknowledge the sad consequences of my inconsistencies? Am I able to name my failings and to allow myself the fresh start that God offers?

Dear God, I thank you for new beginnings. If you are able to forgive me, then may I have the strength to forgive myself and others.