"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." ~2Corinthians 4:7-10
- a sweet aroma like crushed fruit or flowers, and a glowing brilliance like refined gold or cut jewels, or
- the stench of death and decay
The Christ-Walk is not all roses and mountaintops, but the fruit of pain can be the Glory that tells the world, and new Believers, "There is Treasure in this earthen vessel, and the LIFE of Christ-in-me, is greater than the effects of pain-to-me."
We are not what was done to us, but what was done for us and in us!