“Just as an abundantly flowing fountain is not blocked by a handful of dust, so the Maker’s mercy is not overcome by the wickedness of those whom He has created.[…]
In love did God bring the world into existence;
in love does He guide it during its temporal existence;
in love is He going to bring it to that wondrous transformed state, and
in love will the world be swallowed up in the great mystery of Him who has performed all these things.
In love will the whole course of the governance of creation be finally compromised.
Just because the terms ‘wrath’, ‘anger’, ‘hatred’ and the rest are used of the Creator in the Bible, we should not imagine that He actually does anything in anger, hatred or zeal. Many figurative terms are used of God in the Scriptures, terms which are far removed from His true nature. Among all God’s actions there is none which is not entirely a matter of mercy, love and compassion: this constitutes the beginning and end of His dealings with us.” (St. Isaac in The Wisdom of St. Isaac of Nineveh by Sebastian Brock, pp 18 & 38)