The choice of every lost soul can be expressed in the words ‘Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.’ There is always something they insist on keeping even at the price of misery. There is always something they prefer to joy– that is, to reality. Ye see it easily enough in a spoiled child that would sooner miss its play and dinner than say it was sorry and be friends. Ye call it the sulks. But in adult life it has a hundred fine names– Achilles’ wrath and Coriolanus’ grandeur, Revenge and Injured Merit and Self-Respect and Tragic Greatness and Proper Pride.
For reflection on Jeremiah 7:21-26