Speak Up!

There’s a lot of hot air in our country today. People aren’t afraid to speak their minds about anything! Everywhere we turn, we hear more complaints, more anger, more opinions, more accusations. Lots of hot air. You and I are part of it. We’ve had a thing or two to say too, right? It feels good to speak our minds. To put people in their place. Think about this, though: When you speak up, how often aren’t you defending yourself? Promoting yourself? Arguing for yourself? It hurts to say it, but we’re pretty selfish, aren’t we? Our selfish hearts are so focused on ourselves. We use a lot of hot air speaking up for us.

So God calls us to change our focus: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” (Proverbs 31:8). Do you know whom God loves? Everyone! Jesus died to take away the sins of the world. And God in the Bible spends a lot of his “hot air” speaking up for the poor, the widows, the foreigners—those who can’t speak for themselves. Can we? For unborn babies and homeless veterans, for fleeing refugees and struggling immigrants, for single moms and lonely kids. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Whom can you speak up for today?

#Compassion #Proverbs #Selfishness #Speech

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