So, in the midst of the bitterest afflictions, we should recognize our Father’s mercy and good will, since He continues, by this means, to further our salvation.  He afflicts us not to ruin or destroy us, but to rescue us from the world’s condemnation.

From: A Guide To Christian Living: Being Part of Book 3 of “The Institutes of the Christian Religion” by John Calvin; translated from the French edition of 1560 by Robert White (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2009), p. 69.

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