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Just Quote’n – Expositor’s Bible Commentary

The below is in consideration of Proverbs 21:17

It is the desire of pleasure which is at the root of the mischief: “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.” Men are “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” The appetites which are natural to us hold undisputed sway, they are fleshly; the great spiritual appetites, which are supernatural, are quite feeble and inoperative. Men ask for that which is pleasant, and even when they become religious it is only to obtain pleasure, a greater and a more lasting pleasure; thus there is an intemperance, which we call fanaticism, even in religious beliefs and in religious practices. But what men need is that the desire of God, for His own sake, should be so inflamed in them as to burn up all other desires. And this desire can only be created by His Holy Spirit. The competing and manifold desires of pleasure can only be mastered and expelled when that great, absorbing, and embracing desire of God has been securely settled in the human heart by the Holy Spirit. – Expositor’s Bible Commentary

Just Quote’n (Piper) #1 and free book download

The below quote is from John Piper’s ’50 Reasons why Jesus came to die’  book you can download the full book here for free!

In our happiest times we do not want to die. The wish for death rises only when our suffering seems unbearable. What we really want in those times is not death, but relief. We would love for the good times to come again. We would like the pain to go away…We want life and happiness…We are kidding ourselves when we romanticize death…The longing of the human heart is to live and to be happy. God made us that way. “He has put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)…eternal life is not merely the extension of this life with its mix of pain and pleasure. As hell is the worst outcome of this life, so “eternal life” is the best. It is supreme and ever-increasing happiness where all sin and all sadness will be gone. All that is evil and harmful in this fallen creation will be removed…It is true every moment of life, now and always: For those who trust Christ the best is yet to come.

-John Piper

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