2 Cor. 4:8 “We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.”
Extreme pressure is needed to form diamonds. And we have known that we are God’s Precious Stones (Rev. 21:18-21). Pressure application is what contributes to the hardness and compactness (carat) of diamonds. Without pressure, diamonds will not be known as the hardest mineral on earth. The greater the pressure that the diamond had undergone, the more compact it will become.
Aside from suffering and tribulations, the Bride of Christ also experiences troubles, burdens and persecutions on every side which press her into compactness that leads in elevating her value and making her unconquerable. She cannot be conquered by any other minerals because there’s no mineral that is as hard as her. It is pressure that produces character, endurance, and hope in us. That’s why when the pressures of life come, we should take them as opportunities to press us so that we will become strong.
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