It’s a relationship of love1 June 2021
We have to learn that our relationship with God isn’t one of sinlessness. In other words, it’s not that, from the outset we’re going to be sinless beings and perfect moral personalities, so that, out of this will emerge joy, though this will be based on egotism and pride. Our relationship with God is one of love, a relationship of children with their father. To put it in Patristic terminology, it’s a relationship of repentance. In the Orthodox Church there’s no sinlessness; there’s repentance.
Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol