“Now we already see how much benefit
Come from the cross, as from an endless thread.
For it, reversing the false opinion
Naturally conceived by us
Of our very own virture
And uncovering our hypocrisy
(Which flatteringly seduces and abuses us),
Reduces the reliance on our felth
( A most pernicious influence on us).
After, it teaches us thus humbled
To rest in God, who, being our foundation,
Does not let us succumb or lose courage.
Hope follows this victory.
Moreover, the Lord, in fulfilling His Promise,
Establishes His truth for time to come.
Surely if these were the only reasons,
How necessary the training of the cross
Would still appear.
To be cleansed of our blinding self-love
So we may straightway recognize our weakness;
To feel our weakness so we may learn
Distrust of self, distrusting oursleves,
To transfer our trust to God;
To lean on God with a trusting heart
So that be His help we may persevere
Unto the victorious end;
To stand in His grace so we may know
Him true and faithful in His promises;
To have unquestioned assurance in His promises
So our hope may thereby be strengthened.”
-John Calvin (through “The Piety of John Calvin by Ford Lewis Battles)