When we have contempt for another person–we’re hurting ourselves. Contempt stems from pride. When we look down on someone else, our pride has placed us on a higher plane than them. Pride is repulsive to God. “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord.” (Prov. 16:5a) God hates pride. (Proverbs 6:17) It amazes me how quickly I can become contemptuous. I’m so quick to allow an ugly criticism fly from my lips or to judge another based upon something “I would never do.” Wow! How quickly I forget the deathly offense of my own sin against God! How can I presume that my own sin against God is less contemptible than another’s? More importantly, do I consider the fact that my pride is something that God hates because it separates me from His presence? Ultimately, pride destroy us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) If we believe our contempt elevates us above someone else, we’re very wrong. It dishonors us: “One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” (Proverbs 29:23) Pride separates us from God’s presence and prevents us from finding God’s divine purpose for our lives. How we treat others directly affects our relationship with God—are we looking down our nose or–through His eyes of love? The Bible says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20) Every person is created in the image of God and we all depend upon Him for the next sunrise. In God’s eyes, we’re ALL given the same opportunity to have what is most important—HIM! When we allow Him to live through us, compassion replaces contempt for those still enslaved in the sin from which we’ve been freed. God is the heartbeat of our existence, so we shouldn’t allow contempt to deprive us of Him.