"Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32)
One of the very greatest calamities which sin has brought upon us is the debasement of our normal emotions. We laugh at things which are not funny; we find pleasure in acts which are beneath our human dignity; and we rejoice in objects which should have no place in our affections.
The objection to "sinful pleasures," which has always been characteristic of the true saint, is at bottom simply a protest against the degradation of our human emotions.
The world's artificial pleasures are all but evidence that the human race has to a large extent lost its power to enjoy the rue pleasures of life and is forced to substitute for them false and degrading thrills.
The work of the Holy Spirit is, among other things, to rescue the redeemed man's emotions, to restore his harp and open again the wells of sacred joy which have been stopped by sin.
Happiness is nothing but that inward sweet delight, which will arise from the harmonious agreement between our wills and the will of God.
~A. W. Tozer~