I thought I would get your attention with that title, but it’s a true statement! I am very defensive! That is… I am a defender of Jim particularly (and other family members, especially my kids); I am a defender of women; I am a defender of God!
I can completely relate to Sarah Palin when she said she was a “momma grizzly bear.” I think the instinct to defend our children is in most of us as Mothers. If it’s not, there’s something broken inside!
Defending those we love is an honorable character trait, don’t you think? Jesus is our defender and He is passionate about it!
Psalm 18:1-2 GNT
How I love you, Lord! You are my defender. The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe.
When you love someone, defending them comes as natural as breathing. At least it does for me! Wanting those I love to be safe from all harm is a basic instinct for which I make no apologies.
Now here is the greater truth: Jesus said in John 13:34-35 NIV: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This love that we are to have for one another should elicit a strong defense when required because we are family! But, all too often, we bite and devour one another instead of defending each other against the one common enemy we all have – the devil!
The hour is late, and the day well spent. It’s time to rally around every member of the family of God and learn to be a defender of one another. As we fight the battles of spiritual warfare, we will find ourselves ascending the Holy Hill of God’s wonderful presence (Ps 15:1) – in the company of our brothers and sisters in the Lord.