SIX PRIMARY EMOTIONS
Paul Ekman determined that there are six basic – or what he calls ‘universal’ – emotions that are expressed by certain facial expressions that are shared by people in all cultures.
These are: anger, happiness (joy), surprise, disgust, sadness, and fear.
Contempt reflects a heart attitude that is completely closed off from reconciliation.
But contempt can also be seen in other areas of our lives.
Check out these few scripture examples.
2 Chronicles 36:16
2 Peter 3:3
Proverbs 18:3 Contempt is one of those sins that creeps in very subtly through offences and unresolved hurts, and it affects our spiritual life so we must be diligent to guard our hearts against it. We may try to avoid it and fool others, but it cannot be hidden as it will be seen on our faces or heard in our words. Our attitudes and responses are most revealing. The only way to crucify contempt is by combating it with sincere love borne in the heart by the power of the Holy Spirit! Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!
Psalm 123:3 If you’ve been battling with contempt, I adjure you to begin to seek the Lord in prayer to identify the root. Sometimes contempt is rooted in issues of un-forgiveness and have become habitual because of avoiding dealing with past issues for so long. We must retrain our minds and confront the wickedness that hides in every darkened corner of our hearts. This year, if you are looking for freedom from contempt, there is definitely hope! I implore you, Trust Jesus!