How can I overcome humiliation? - Humiliation - TouchPoints

How can I overcome humiliation?

Psalm 25:3, 20No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others . . . Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for I trust in you.

Psalm 34:5Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Job 5:10-11He gives rain for the earth and water for the fields. He gives prosperity to the poor and protects those who suffer.

Nehemiah 4:1-6“Hear us, O our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in the presence of the builders.” At last the wall was completed to half its original height around the entire city, for the people had worked very hard.

Humility is the first step toward overcoming humiliation. Humility comes when we recognize our need for God and acknowledge how he meets our needs.

Psalm 119:5-6, 31, 39, 80Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles! Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your commands . . . I cling to your decrees. Lord, don’t let me be put to shame! . . . Help me abandon my shameful ways; your laws are all I want in life . . . May I be blameless in keeping your principles; then I will never have to be ashamed.

Philippians 1:20For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame, but that I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.

Obedience to God’s Word and his ways helps us overcome and avoid actions that cause humiliation.

Proverbs 3:3-4Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.

Proverbs 22:1Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.

A good reputation is a barrier against humiliation.

Luke 22:60-62But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And as soon as he said these words, the rooster crowed. At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered that the Lord had said, “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny me three times.” And Peter left the courtyard, crying bitterly.

Mark 16:7Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!

Peter was ashamed of himself for denying his Lord. Jesus forgave Peter completely. Had Peter not accepted Jesus’ forgiveness, he would have been paralyzed by his humiliation and been of no further service to God. We must accept others’ forgiveness to move past humiliation.

Luke 15:15-19He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’

When life hits the bottom, we need to humble ourselves even more so the Lord can restore us.