Hold Fast to What is Good

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”

Romans 12:9

A Veritas Family suffered the unimaginable this week in the sudden and tragic loss of their 13 year old daughter. 

As a community we share in this grief and mourn with the family.

What can one even say in the face of such sadness?

And how does a school community respond to the questions students have who are not only sad but also confused and frightened?

In pondering this, I came across a very helpful sermon by John Piper.  You can find his  sermon or article titled “Abhor What is Evil: Hold Fast to What is Good” at ©2013Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org.

It is based on Romans 12:9, a verse filled with simple yet life changing truth.  Mr. Piper concludes by saying “Love for others must hate evil.  Because evil hurts others directly, and evil hurts other indirectly by hurting you.  Evil obscures the beauty of Christ. And Christ is our greatest good.  Our greatest joy.”

Read his article.  Ponder the truths found in this one simple verse with your children. 

John Piper exhorts the reader to “go deep with the Bible and believe and absorb and teach what it means and what it implies in its straightforward statements.  If you do that – if you think your way down deep into the warp and woof of the Bible, and let it shape your mind and heart- you will be spared many trendy detours that sound so up-to-date, but end in the destruction of lives.”

As I mourn with the family, I also pray that their tragic loss will somehow result in good – that her peers and friends will run to Christ and away from anything that dishonors Him.  Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life.  He is the source of good and triumphs over evil.

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