The Root of Rancor

From the Pastor…     The Root of Rancor


Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority. — Jose Ortega y Gasset

Do you know someone who is always contentious or stirring up conflict?  Anyone who constantly criticizes or picks on others?  How about the one who is always talking about himself/herself, or mentioning how well he/she does something? – Are such people speaking and acting from positions of strength and security? – No, insecurity and low self-esteem are the fuels running the engine of such rancor.  Look for it in the people who act such ways.


The person who is secure in his/her self-awareness and self-identity doesn’t have to parade his/her accomplishments before others.  He is content to listen far more than he talks.  She doesn’t have to point out the flaws of others, but would rather compliment and encourage.  There is no place for smugness or haughty superiority; that is just as obnoxious as causing rancor.  Quiet, solid self-assurance is much appreciated in all relationships.


Paul was a strong man who knew who he was and what his role was in the world.  He often referred to himself as the least of the apostles, and his writings reflect the spirit of Christ.  As he encouraged the Philippians, so he urges us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8). – Gee, a mind filled with such good things won’t have room for anger and rancor, will it?


             God’s best to you today,