Mercy and punishment, they flow from God, as the honey and the sting from the bee.
— Thomas Brooks
If God spares us as a father does his son, let us imitate God. It is natural for children to imitate their parents. Let us imitate God in this one thing: As God spares us, and passes by many failures, so let us be sparing in our censures of others; let us look upon the weaknesses and indiscretions of our brethren with… a more tender, compassionate eye. How much God bears with us!
— Thomas Watson