“Love Governed God”
The poets themselves said, that amor Deum gubernat, that love governed God. And, as Nazianzen well speaks, this love of God, this dulcis tyrannus—this sweet tyrant—did overcome him when he was upon the cross. There were no cords could have held him to the whipping-post but those of love; no nails have fastened him to the cross but those of love.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
A Piece of Wood and the Nearness of God
Acts 17:27–28; Revelation 7:11
If a piece of wood became as aware of the nearness of God as an archangel is, the piece of wood would be as happy as an archangel.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.