John Calvin – True Presbyterian

Indeed, “even though we share what we call adversities with the unbeliever – yet, God

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blesses those which we must undergo.   He turns them to such a use, that we have always cause for consolation – and joy even in our sorrow.”51   For “the bitterness which is naturally to be found in the cross, must necessarily be tempered by spiritual joy.”52 And, adds Calvin,  in his Sermon on Job’s Friends:  “Let no man think himself capable of bringing consolation to those in trouble and distress, unless he himself bears their sufferings – that is to say, unless he puts himself in their place!”53