Don’t “inwardly feed on hidden grief”

Calvin’s comments on Romans 8:26 are germane to this post from Larry (cross-posted here) on our tendency to seek solace in reliving our sufferings :

“God does not afflict [the faithful] with miseries, that they may inwardly feed on hidden grief, but that they may disburden themselves by prayer, and thus exercise their faith.”

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2 Responses

  1. I appreciate this. It is possible to take an almost Romish stance in this and mentally flagellate ourselves. What does it accomplish? More injury, not healing.
    2 Cor 7:10 “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.” (ESV)

  2. Worth noting. And not only for the artful use of the word “disburden”!

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