In doing things we don’t naturally like, we learn to deny ourselves. We may question whether God really wants us to do those things, but this is not really as important—if indeed it is important at all—as the simple realisation that in the act of denying ourselves, we are pleasing God. This should be a sufficient motivation for us to persevere and in the end, we will be able to see that it is no longer a matter of like or dislike, but rather, when we do what is pleasing to Him, we have joy. In other words, when we are pleasing God, we like what we are doing.

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