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image From John Calvin (1509-1564) in his Institutes of the Christian Religion:

This, therefore, we must try to do if we would be disciples of Christ, in order that our minds may be steeped in such reverence and obedience toward God as to be able to tame and subjugate to his command all contrary affections. Thus it will come to pass that, by whatever kind of cross we may be troubled, even in the greatest tribulations of mind, we shall firmly keep our patience. For the adversities themselves will have their own bitterness to gnaw at us; thus afflicted by disease, we shall both groan and be uneasy and pant after care and sorrow; thus we shall be smitten by the pain of disgrace, contempt, injustice; thus at the funerals of our dear ones we shall weep the tears that are owed to nature. But the conclusion will always be: the Lord willed, therefore let us follow his will…If it be clear that our afflictions are for our benefit, why should we not undergo them with a thankful and quiet mind? Therefore, in patiently suffering these tribulations, we do not yield to necessity but we consent for our own good, (pg. 710-711).

HT: The Reformed Traveler


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2 comments
  1. “…even in the greatest tribulations of mind, we shall firmly keep our patience.”

    WOW! three key words I see here:

    1. tribulation
    2. mind
    3. patience

    Isn’t it interesting that Calvin mentions in this paragraph about tribulation in our minds? Not in our body, but in our mind!

    May God grant me grace today to keep firmly my patience when a storm in my mind rises. When ungodly thoughts come I loose my patience!

    Thank you, for this quote.

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