John Calvin (1509-1564): We ought not to judge of the love of God from the condition which we see before our eyes

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This phrase from John Calvin’s (1509-1564) commentary on John 11:5-6 is better than mountains of gold:

“…we ought not to judge of the love of God from the condition which we see before our eyes.”

Beautiful! Memorize that! He goes on to add directly afterwards:

“When we have prayed to him, he often delays his assistance, either that he may increase still more ardour in prayer, or that he may exercise our patience, and, at the same time, accustom us to obedience. Let believers then implore the assistance of God, but let them also learn to suspend their desires, if he does not stretch out his hand for their assistance as soon as they may think that necessity requires; for, whatever may be his delay, he never sleeps, and never forgets his people. Yet let us also be fully assured that he wishes all whom he loves to be saved.”

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