Romans 8:35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

From a Christian perspective, persecution means to be afflicted by others because of your faith in Christ. But I'm a bit at a loss concerning tribulation and distress. What is our understanding of these phrase from a scriptural standpoint?

  1. Does personal difficulties and hardship equal to tribulation and distress?
  2. How do we as Christians define tribulation and distress?
  3. Do tribulation and distress come about through personal circumstances, outside forces, God himself or perhaps, precipitated by powers against God?

Your thoughts will be appreciated.