Contemplate God’s Fatherly Love

John Calvin on why we ought to study and then contemplate on God’s nature as our Father:

We ought in the very order of things [in creation] diligently to contemplate God’s fatherly love… [for as] a foreseeing and diligent father of the family he shows us his wonderful goodness toward us… To conclude once for all, whenever we call God the Creator of heaven and earth, let us at the same time bear in mind that…. we are indeed his children, whom he has received into his faithful protection to nourish and educate…. So, invited by the great sweetness of his beneficence and goodness let us study to love and serve him with all our heart. (Institutes of Christian Religion 1.14.2, 22)

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