If our affections are set on the will of God, we must love His will. It is impossible that God’s will should seem hard to a person whose affections are set on it. It may be accompanied with hard things, but in itself it must be a delight. Our Lord could say with the psalmist David, “I delight to do thy will, O my God” (Ps. 40:8), because He was dead to everything that was contrary to His Father’s will. Until our affections are similarly so set on the will of God as to delight in it, we have not “taken up the cross” (Matt. 16:24) in the Scripture sense at all.