Though the mariner sees not the polestar,
yet the needle of the compass which points to it tells him which way he sails:
thus the heart that is touched with the loadstone of divine love, trembling with godly fear, and yet still looking towards God by fixed believing,
points at the love of election, and tells the soul that its course is heavenward, toward the haven of eternal rest.
He that loves may be assured that he was loved first….
Robert Leighton (1611-84), Commentary on 1 Peter.