Quote of the Day: Calvin on Suffering

I didn’t find this on the Web–not this translation anyway–so I thought I would type it out and post it.

Hence arose that aspiration which believers used as a solace of misery and as a remedy for suffering: “The Lord’s anger is but for a moment, but his mercy is for a lifetime” [Ps. 30:5]. How could they end their afflictions in a moment when they were afflicted almost throughout life? Where could they see such long-lasting divine generosity, when they had scarcely tasted it? If they had clung to the earth, they could have found nothing like this. But because they looked up to heaven, they acknowledged that the saints suffer the cross at the Lord’s hands “only for a monent”; “the mercies” they recieve “are everlasting” [Isa. 54:7-8 p.]. On the other hand, they foresaw an eternal and never-ending ruin of the wicked who had for one day been happy as in a dream.

–John Calvin, Institutes, II. x. 18, pg 444-445, Battles translation, Vol. I

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Colossians 3:1-3

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