He put a pregnant female in a glass vessel and observed her as she devoured her young as fast as they were born. One escaped, taking refuge on the mother’s back, and found revenge by killing the mother scorpion in turn.
If cornered with no possible escape a scorpion will sting itself to death with that flexible stinger on the back end of its body.
I’m ashamed to say I have met scorpion Christians during my ministry.”
(Quote by Ron C. Carlson)
Bitter. Jealous. Resentful. Vindictive. Scornful. Unkind. Unloving. Hostile. Venomous.
These are all synonyms of one cute little word: Catty.
Maybe you’ve never asked yourself if you are a catty female, but let’s be honest – all of us girls have at least a bit of cat-like ferocity inside. In fact, if we are to be completely real with ourselves, we might realize that we tend to take pleasure in slighting and spurning others if we are “in a mood”. Well, cattiness is quite adorable and befitting of the Virtuous Woman, right??
One of the defining characteristics of the catty woman (or ferocious feline) is maliciousness. Malice can be defined as a wrongful intention, spite, revenge, or ill-will toward others. A malicious person will say or do anything they feel, with no concern as to how it might hurt someone else. They will prove themselves to be cruel with their words and actions. Maliciousness can show it’s ugly face in many forms.
Maybe you’re the unmerciful customer yelling at a waiter because your hamburger doesn’t have enough mayo. Maybe you’re the hostile driver honking because the guy in front of you waited 3 seconds to go on green. Maybe you’re the jealous wife snooping through your husband’s stuff because you just know he can’t be trusted. We hardly recognize these things as being ungodly in comparison to the “big, bad, ugly sins”…but if LOVE is the greatest commandment, are we not sinning by showing these day-to-day displays of malice?
In Romans 1, a few of the words to describe those with a reprobate mind include malicious, full of envy, without understanding, without natural affection, unmerciful…v. 32 says that those who do these things are worthy of death! Also read Galatians 5:19-21: “Now the works of the flesh are manifest…hatred…wrath, strife…envyings…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” My friends, this is not to be taken lightly.
Perhaps you struggle with a barbed tongue; or maybe you are one who always loves to have the last word. I have often heard women boast “You should have seen the look on his/her face. I sure told them off!”. God regards this attitude as very foolish and wicked.
Read James 3:14-16 with me:
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”
Scripture warns us that we have not become mature christians if we continue to walk in envy and strife!
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Ladies, Let us walk honestly, as in the day….not in strife and envying. For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. (Romans 13:13 , Job 5:2, Proverbs 27:4, Proverbs 3:34)
Consider what kind of women we could be if we exchanged our
debates for gentleness?
envyings for peace?
wraths for love?
strifes for joy?
backbitings for meekness, temperance?
whisperings for goodness?
swellings for longsuffering?
tumults for faith?
2 Cor. 12:20 for Galatians 5:22-23?
Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.
The world tells us we come first…God’s word says to put others first. (Philippians 2:3)
The world says let our voices be heard….God’s word says lowliness is wisdom.
The world says insult with a comeback….God’s word says not to avenge ourselves.
The world says “nice guys finish last”. Sisters, take heart – God’s word says that those who are last shall be FIRST!
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:31
God bless, and take a chill pill!