Philippians 3:14 says, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Though Paul was pressed through his trials, he used them to press into Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says, “We were 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.”
Olives have to be pressed before the oil can be released; a rose petal releases more fragrance when crushed. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
Romans 5:3 Amplified says, “Moreover (let us also be full of joy now!) let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance.”