Tough Love, Tender Mercies

“[God] imposes a penalty upon us—not to punish us for past sins, but to correct us against future ones.”—John Calvin (quoting Chrysostom on why believers will still suffer under the hand of God for their sins even while those sins are forgiven in Christ)

“He who feels that God still intends to punish him can never be persuaded that he is loved by God.  But he who in the end profits by God’s scourges is the man who considers God angry at his vices, but merciful and kindly towards himself.”—John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)

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