Scorn is a word indicating lack of respect, or contempt for another, to find someone unworthy of proper consideration. It’s often expressed through laughter or ridicule at another’s behavior (Mt 9:24), as if what someone says or does makes them less valuable to God.
The Psalmist opens with a warning that being quick to scorn others removes us from the blessing of God (Ps 1:1); this disposition comes from failing to esteem others better than ourselves (Php 2:3), so it’s rooted in pride. (Ps 123:4)
We may find others in error or sin without feeling scorn, simply by recognizing that if it weren’t for the grace of God in our lives (1Co 15:10), we’d likely be doing worse. (1Co 4:7) Grief is the appropriate reaction in the presence of evil (Php 3:18), not disdain.
We’re to honor all people (1Pe 2:7), praying for and thanking God for everyone (1Ti 2:1); of course, some deserve more honor than others (Ps 15:4a), but we shouldn’t disrespect anyone, even in our hearts.
Each and every person is deeply precious to God; He’s handcrafted each soul uniquely (Ps 119:73) in His image, for His own pleasure and purpose. (Pr 16:4) It matters not what they’ve done: He’s willing to become sin for them. (2Pe 3:9) If we don’t love those we can see, who are the special handiwork of God, how then can we say we love their Creator? (1Jn 4:20)
So, when we find ourselves laughing at someone in contempt, the joke’s on us: the enemy has leveraged another’s fault to take us down again. This is war; when we’re laughing at sin and brokenness, there’s no victory. God chooses who to restrain from evil and when. (Ro 1:24) If He’s mercifully kept us from certain types of sin and let others go their way (Ro 9:16), we’ve nothing to glory in. (1Co 1:29-31)
Think of every single soul as family, brothers and sisters, relatives; we’re members one of another (Ep 4:25), all of the same blood (Ac 17:26), all part of the human race.