Christ loved the church by receiving her hurtful blows and offering only love in response. His grace toward the church did not find, but made, the church beautiful. This produced in the church a love for Him that could never have been produced through retaliation.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 118