Ouch! Oh So Feisty!

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Welcome to the Friday Verse Series...yeahhh babyyyy!


Being oh-so-feisty can be very sexy when the definition refers to a spirited and energetic person (girl or guy), someone who is full of animation, energy, or courage. You know, the "energizer-bunny" type of person, whose battery never runs out of charge. Actually I know someone like that, "T" my A-level classmate! Geez, she was soooo lovable. Nothing could ever be boring around her, she would always find a way (in the middle of the desert) to make things more than a little bit spicy. Ohhhh dear "T," I really miss your FEISTI-ness! Ah, you are sooo feisty, as small as you are! You can run a million miles and not even get tired. Your energy is so amazing!
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BUT, my people...there is another definition of 'feisty' that is oh-so-NOT-sexy! Being feisty, according to the dictionary can also mean being "ill-tempered" and "pugnacious." The definition of pugnacious is "inclined to fight or quarrel very easily." Hmmm, this causes for some self-observation. Am I likely to quarrel or fight very easily??? Hmmm, many times I find myself in the midst of certain heated arguments, a.k.a, as a result of my sexy feistiness! So energetic that I become prone to quarrel! No, no, no...a child of God should not be this way. We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth, hence we shd always scrutinize ourselves (not others) to see if we are really following these principles.
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It's no wonder the discussion on TERC today was very sweet. It was about the element of the body called the "tongue," a.k.a the "rudder of the ship." Many times as Christians, we feel we know it ALL...sorry to burst your bubble this morning, but NO you do NOT know it all. We need to become 'babes' in the hands of the Master Potter, allowing God to shape and mold us every single day. There is always something to learn, in fact it does not matter if you have read the scriptures like as many times as the sun has risen and set since it was created. It does not matter whether you are as old as history itself. There is always something to learn for a particular season; it's no wonder why sometimes when we read the same verse that we learnt one million times last year, it sheds some light on an entirely new revelation. It is because of the times and the seasons....a very old proverb says that 'the only thing constant is change,' things will change in your life from time to time, and you basically need to flow with the change. Just imagine showing dance skills of the early 1920s at a dance floor in the year 2008. It just won't flow...
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Why am I talking about Christians who think they know it all? Because that it is the root of many unnecessary arguments. When you realize you don't know it all then you more than likely will be able to tame your tongue. So this friday, in this moment of urging everyone to learn how to tame their tongues, I will end with one beautiful scripture:
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Proverbs 10:19-21 "In a multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. The tongue of the righteous is CHOICE SILVER..." Today, I tear out the unnessary argumentative/quarrelsome parts of my tongue. Sometimes, arguments are good i.e when they are edifying to both parties. But not at all times! I want my words to be "choice silver," that when I speak people will not just think about a tap merely dripping with water. That when I speak, I will speak with authority and wisdom. That when I speak, those who hear the words of my mouth will not be disappointed. That my speech will be relevant to my generation, and that my words will be used as answers to someone's questions, merely because my tongue stands to be used as an instrument of God. I am God's representative, an ambassador for His beautiful eternal kingdom...


For your words to be choice silver in the life of someone else,
u've gotta learn how not to babble.
After all, the book of proverbs says in provs 17:28
"Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive."
The Bible says that the words of your lips
must be edifying and attributing grace to others...

10 comments:

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

our words are powerful...
i have a big mouth...
God help us with our words...
in Jesus name AMEN...

Jaycee said...

@mystories...I can't even undermine the power behind our words. Yup, Amen. How are u doing???????? Hope u're doing greatttttt. Work and everything...:)

Kafo said...

pugnacious: i like this.
choice silver: i need this

the ability to choose words and choose when to speak

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

Very well said. I remember back when I was in my undergraduate years, we thought it was cool to call someone argumentative "Fiesty". Never Have I seen it being attributed to bubbly / sexy..lol..
We learn everyday and most importantly how we choose to use our tongues.

Have a blessed week.

Olamild said...

VERY TRUE

The tongue can make or break
It can cure and kill

I like what you did with the feisty topic
definitely learned something from this post

Uzo said...

I didnt know about this other definition of feistiness...

Allied said...

The bible says " no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison". (James 3 vs 7)

We just have to pray to God to do it.

Jaycee said...

@ Kafo...oooohhh...u really feel me...choice silver, yup...I really need my tongue to become this piece of precious silver, and not merely...just any other average jewelry...

@ the life...blame it on dictionary.com...lolll...

@ olamild...yes, it sure can make or break...or cure and kill...I've never seen a more harmful part of the body. Even our hands will need some form of extra strength or machinery to kill...

@ Uzo...just blame it on dictionary.com too...

@ allied, thanks for teaching me that scripture. I realize that we cannot really tame our tongues by our own power, we've got to give it to God for training...another scripture that comes to my mind is, "not by power or by might, but by My Spirit says the Lord," we can't do it by ourselves. We have to say, "God come and teach me how to talk and respond to others, take my tongue and teach me how to bless and not curse, train me to speak with words that will impart grace to someone else, and pls let me not respond to fast when I'm angry, but give me a wise response..."

Anger management = tongue training.

Guess what guys? After I suffered to write this post...that's when I received a major test of anger/tongue responses...lol. If u agree with the things written here, trust me ur test is coming...make sure u don't fail the test. If anyone makes you angry, don't respond quickly...calm down first, think of ur response, and then talk...you may find out it was unintentional (or they may see things differently from how u see it)...

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

This was a powerful write up. Our mouths are an incredible blessing and we forget to use them wisely. I am trying to do a better job. Thanks for reminding me...

Believer said...

I really need this..Lord help me to speak words that edify and encourage. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart always be acceptable in your sight O lord. I really, really love your blog!