We Are Not Our Own


We are not our own; therefore, neither is our own reason or will to rule our acts and counsels.

We are not our own; therefore, let us not make it our end to seek what may be agreeable to our carnal nature.

We are not our own; therefore, as far as possible, let us forget ourselves and the things that are ours.

On the other hand,

we are God’s; let us, therefore, live and die to him (Rom. 14:8).

We are God’s; therefore, let his wisdom and will preside over all our actions.

We are God’s; to him, then, as the only legitimate end, let every part of our life be directed.

– Calvin; Institutes, 3.7.1

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