Pressure Makes Diamonds
Diamonds are precious gems. It takes pressure to make diamonds. It is a type of transformation process. Carbon becomes a diamond with pressure. Like a new creation. Christ also makes us a new creation. When we truly accept Christ we are a new creation. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Pressure Makes Diamonds
Just think of the pressure as a working progress. We are faced with trails and temptations to test us. Can you stand the test? If you can sooner or later you will be turned into a diamond. We all start out a carbon and then God forms us into a diamond, His precious gem, a child of God. (See Romans 5:3-4 below)
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Just like that element of carbon experienced pressure to become diamonds, we face pressure in the form of temptation and trials to help form us into a diamond. It is only when we keep pressing on that the diamond is formed. When we face these tribulations and overcome it with God, we will bring perseverance. Note the key word is with God, because we cannot do anything without God. (See Philippians 4:13) Tribulation here is in Romans 5:3 the word Tribulation is Greek ( thlipsis – θλῖψις ) for pressure. See Strong’s G2347
Once we reach perseverance, overcoming the tribulations, we will bring forth character. Character is what defines us as person. Our character can show how well we stand the testing of our faith. James 1:2-6 (see below verse) shows us that we should conciser it joy to know we are being tested. This testing will build patience. Some translations will say patience instead of perseverance. Our character will reveal if we have this patience or not. When we do stand these testing, which is not an easy task, but we can do it with Christ and trusting in Him alone. Not anyone else or ourselves. We will bring forth hope.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Hope will show us that we know God done it in the past and God will do it again in the future for us. This kind of hope is not hoping something will happen, it is knowing it will happen. Hope shows that we know God will stand on His Word. It is only through trusting in Christ and Him alone that we the carbon sinful creature become that new creature in Him, allowing Him to form us into the precious diamonds we are. It is only by His blood, that paid it all, are we made a new creation. The only thing is we must accept Him as our personal Savior and Repent, turn away from our sinful desires. It doesn’t mean to be sinless, it means we should desire to sinless, that when we do sin, we feel guilty and want to make it right with God and have no desire to do that again.
We all will face trials and tribulations. No one is exempt. Being a Christians is pie in the sky. It will be hard a times. We will face hardships, sicknesses, trials and even persecution. It is how we withstand the testing that comes our ways. Do we rely on others, ourselves … Or do we rely on God to see us through?
Diamonds are not only precious gems they are also sharp. When we are a diamond of God we can use that to help show others the preciousness God made us to be. Plus, that sharpness comes from the Word of God, which is like a double-edged sword. Stay in the Word and study it daily!