We have seen the sweetness of [Christ’s] mercies and how patient and kind and forgiving he was. That is why his severe speech cannot be written off as peevishness or as flares of temper or callous hostility. … If there were no great evils and no deaf hearts and no eternal consequences, perhaps the only fitting forms of love would be a soft touch and tender words. But such a world does not kill the Son ofGod and hate his disciples. There is no such world.
— John Piper, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, 93-94.