The way of love is both the way of self denial and the way of ultimate joy. We deny ourselves the fleeting pleasures of sin and luxury and self-absorption in order to seek the kingdom above all things. In doing so we bring the greatest good to others, we magnify the worth of Christ as a treasure chest of joy, and we find our greatest satisfaction. The supremacy of His glory shines most brightly when the satisfaction that we have in Him endures in spite of suffering and pain in the mission of love.
– John Piper