I say that even those who are tormented in Gehenna are tormented with the torments of love. Torments for love’s sake, that is, the torment of those who perceive that they have sinned against love, is harder and more bitter than the tortures of fear. The sufferings that take hold of the heart through the sinning against love are more acute than any other torture. It is absurd to think that the sinners in Gehenna are deprived of the love of the Creator. For love is a child of true knowledge and it is said that will be given to all people. Love works with its force in a double way. It tortures those who have sinned, as we see also in the world between friends. And it gives delight to those who have kept its decrees. Thus it is also in Gehenna. I say that the hard tortures are grief for love.
St Isaac the Syrian