We are not our own: let not our reason nor our wills, therefore, sway our plans and deeds.  We are not our own: let us, therefore, not seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh.  We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us, therefore, forget ourselves and all that is ours.  Conversely, we are God’s: let us, therefore, live for Him and die for Him.  We are God’s: let His wisdom and will, therefore, rule all our actions.  We are God’s: let all the parts of our lives, accordingly, strive toward Him as our only lawful goal. – John Calvin (1509-1564), from Institutes 3.7.1.

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