Verse 8: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) We know that we are supposed to love God. We also know that we are supposed to speak up for God, but John 13:35 illustrates the love that we should have for one another. If we love each other, we will also speak on each other’s behalf. Proverbs 27:2 says, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth”. Just as we should lift one another up in encouragement, we should also speak out for them in defense. Some folks do not praise themselves or defend themselves. It is best accomplished through others. Today’s “gold nugget” says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” I believe that speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves includes those that will not speak up for themselves. I have been in situations where God wouldn’t have me defend myself. It was difficult, but I had to refrain. It was a blessing when others stood up for me. I found it more effective and appropriate than defending myself. To defend ourselves is in our instinct, whether we are right or wrong. However, when someone else speaks up for us it adds credibility. Then I understood why God wouldn’t allow me to defend myself. If you have ever been in this situation, you can see what a powerful impact you can have on those that you defend and speak up for. This is the kind of love that testifies of our love for each other and confirms what Jesus said in John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”. We should champion those who are afflicted and bruised. This is the work that we have been called to. We share in the spreading of the Gospel and also for the building and maturing of the saints. Walk for the lame, speak for the speechless and fight for the defenseless. This is the Love of Christ Jesus and testifies that we are His disciples (followers of His path). Someone you know may need to be defended. It is best that they wait to be defended for instead of them defending themselves. Don’t leave them waiting.