“Behold the mysteries of love, and then you will have a vision of the bosom of the Father, whom the only-begotten God alone declared. God in His very self is love, and for love’s sake He became visible to us. And while in his ineffability He is Father, in his sympathy with us he has become Mother. By his loving the Father became feminine, a great sign of which is the one he begat from himself; and the fruit born of love is love. For this reason he came down, for this reason he put on human nature, for this reason he willingly suffered what belongs to being human, so that having been measured to the weakness of those he loved, he might in return measure us to his own power.”
– Clement of Alexandria in Who is the rich man who is being saved?
(quoted in Louth, Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology, 31.)