“remember your mercy, Oh Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Psalm 25:6).
Although God, who from his very nature is merciful, may withdraw himself, and cease for a time to manifest his power, yet he cannot deny himself; that is to say, he cannot divest himself of the feeling of mercy which is natural to him, and which can no more cease than his eternal existence.
But we must firmly maintain this doctrine, that God has been merciful even from the beginning, so that if at any time he seem to act with severity towards us, and to reject our prayers, we must not imagine that he acts contrary to his real character, or that he has changed his purpose….
This, at least, we ought to regard as a fixed and settled point, that although the goodness of God may sometimes be hidden, and as it were buried out of sight, it can never be extinguished.”
Is it strange to immediately re-quote something again? Too good not to.
…he cannot divest himself of the feeling of mercy which is natural to him, and which can no more cease than his eternal existence.
— John Calvin, Calvin’s Commentaries, 4:419.