Tag Archive | contempt

Mark 11:25 ” And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.”

The concept in this Scripture is very clear…forgive so that you may be forgiven.  So why yet do we find so much pleasure in holding onto grudges?  What starts out as a simple miscommunication or disagreement,  morphs into something with a life all its own.  Anger simmers, and shifts into resentment…frustration stews over how we’ve been wronged, and slowly changes into spite and hard feelings.  Holding grudges only harm ourselves…they allow the root of bitterness to take hold and flourish within…and they prevent God from working fully in our lives.

Matthew 5: 21-22 ” You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Raca was an Aramaic term of contempt meaning stupid.  But Jesus was more concerned here with the term Moros – You fool – being thrown around.  Moros was actually a more serious reproach than Raca as it conveyed a person being morally worthless… a scorning of the person’s very heart and character.  The Lord was warning of the dangers of character assassination…of killing the very spirit of a person with angry words.