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As a dad, I prefer to interact with my children is as the fun-loving, goofy, cool, awesome dad I am.
But because I am a father, and because my kids are kids, there are times when I have to lower the boom and be the disciplinarian.
I make it clear to my children that what I prefer is being the fun-loving, goofy, cool, awesome dad. But if they so choose, I will be the disciplinarian.
It really is up to them how I relate with them.
The same is true of our God.
God prefers to delight in us and be a loving Father to us. However, because he loves us, he will discipline us if he must.
God says, "See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because the sin of my people?" (Jeremiah 9:7).
The question is, how do we want God to relate with us?
As a loving Father who delights in his children?
Or, must he be one who refines and tests us because our sins and disobedience?
It's really a no brainer.