the afternoon radio guy posed a rhetorical question to anyone listening, which happened to include me:
would you rather, as a parent, have a child with the absolute best behavior, was perfect and never had any discipline problems, but doesn't love you?
would you rather have a child that sometimes messes up, needs discipline from time to time, and isn't perfect, but loves you wholeheartedly?
the answer is obvious: i would rather have a child that loves me and needs correction than a child that is perfect but unloving. and thankfully, that's what God gave me: two imperfect children who love me. and i love them back even when they need disciplining. unconditionally and wholeheartedly.
and God would answer the same way. He would rather His children love Him and need His discipline from time to time than for us to be unloving and perfect.
i am not a robot. robots are programmed. heartless. cold. cloned. not alive. perfect according to their mechanics.
i am a daughter of the Lord Most High. designed by our Holy Creator to love and live according to His good plan.
"love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." deuteronomy 6:5
"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins."
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"
1 john 1:8-9
"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
1 john 4:9-10