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Yes, the Word was full of grace and truth, and from him we all received one blessing after another. John 1:16.

Most time when I behave nasty or shout at someone when I am under pressure, I often excused my behaviour saying; I behaved that way because I was under pressure. Until I read Proverbs 24:10, “if you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place.

It then dawn on me that pressure does not make me misbehave rather it only brings out what is inside of me. Pressure does not determine our behaviour rather it showcases my inner content. When a tea bag is put inside hot water, it fuses out what it has inside into the water, changing the color of the water. The water does not determine the content of the tea rather it force out what is inside it . In the same vein, if pressure is applied to a tube of paste or a bottle of perfume, the content inside comes out. It is not the pressure applied that the determined what comes out of the tube or the bottle, it only helps to bring the content out in the open. Thus, whatever comes out of us is not the direct result of external pressure, but rather it depends on our nature, content, and how we handle situations around us.

So the question is, what am I full of? What am I filling myself with – grace, kindness, love, gentleness or is it rudeness, roughness? Whatever it is I am filling myself with, will fill me up and then will come out when pressure is applied. Jesus was full of grace and truth (John 1:16) and that is what came out of him when he was on the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing Luke 23:24.

Check it out – what comes out of you when you are under pressure? It is what you are filled yourself with. The way to fill yourself is through your eyes and your ears. What do you spend most of your time listening to and watching? Who do you spend most of your time with? They will come out when you are under pressure. Fill yourself with grace and truth.

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