Dr. Charles Hodge comments on Romans 3:23,
The sinning is represented as past; the present and abiding consequence of sin is the want of the glory of God.
Geoffrey Wilson concerning the same text,
The natural result of the disfiguration of God’s image in man through sin, is found in man’s complete ethical disablement. All men do constantly fall short of the glory of God, because all have sinned in Adam, and all are sinners by practice.
Thanks be to God that Paul did not stop at Romans 3:23. The apostle goes on to say,
[Believers] are justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness…that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
How does knowing that you are justified by faith and not the works of the law bring you freedom and comfort?