"You will not get to gospel enjoyment without personal brokenness. Thomas Watson says, “Christ is never sweet till sin is felt to be bitter.” While a broken heart is a good thing and the first thing, however, a rejoicing heart over the gospel’s freedom is a better thing. Some people apparently think that being holy ought to look like you stepped in dog doo. But if holiness makes you a sourpuss, you’re doing it wrong. Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord.” (Neh. 8:10a) Hold up. Eat fat? Drink wine? Because the day is holy?
Surely one of the increasing benefits of progressive sanctification is the accumulation of sinless joys. If the gospel is true and we believe it, we ought to be overflowing with enjoyment of life. As Russell Moore writes, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for yesterday you were dead.”"
Jared Wilson, Gospel Deeps