“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37 (ESV)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone through a hard time in your life. Whether it’s bickering with your siblings or studying for a test, we’ve all gone through a hard time in our lives. As you may already know, the high schoolers had midterms this week. For every subject, there is a big test that covers what you have learned that entire year so far. The days leading up to midterms are long and stressful and require a lot of studying.
Though these days might have been tough, it is important that we persevere through them. Because of sin, there is toughness and suffering in our lives that we have to deal with. But God has gifted us as humans with the gift of perseverance. This enables us to work through tough times and eventually put them behind us. Take a test, for example. If you get a bad grade on a test, do you sit and dwell on it for the rest of your life? No, you look at it as a learning opportunity and use the next test as a chance for redemption. That is what the hard times are for; to teach us how to handle the situation better the next time.
So what should you do when faced with suffering and difficulty? For people who have not dedicated their lives to Christ, they might get angry when they suffer, or try to fix it by themselves. They want rid of it and they see it as a sign of failure. Christians look at suffering through the lens of the Gospel and it changes the way we react, that God does grow us through suffering and difficulty. Romans 8:35-37 (ESV) says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? …No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.
This week’s presentation was given by Noah, one of our tenth grade students (pictured).
Posted on Fri, January 27, 2017
by Laurie Brooks filed under