What can I learn from humiliation? How can it help me grow? - Humiliation - TouchPoints

What can I learn from humiliation? How can it help me grow?

Ezra 9:6I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.”

Psalm 51:3For I recognize my shameful deeds— they haunt me day and night.

Luke 15:16The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

When we finally realize the damaging and humiliating effects of our sins, we have two choices. We can either continue in our downward cycle, or we can reach up to God by confessing our sins and repenting of them. It may feel like ignoring our humiliation will make it go away, but that’s like wearing dirty glasses and pretending we see clearly. Only through confession and repentance can our humiliation be washed away.

2 Chronicles 32:26Then Hezekiah repented of his pride, and the people of Jerusalem humbled themselves. So the Lord’s anger did not come against them during Hezekiah’s lifetime.

2 Chronicles 7:14Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 12:7, 12When the Lord saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem . . . Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger was turned aside, and he did not destroy him completely. And there was still goodness in the land of Judah.

Humiliation can lead to seeking and receiving God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Nahum 2:2Even though the destroyer has destroyed Judah, the Lord will restore its honor. Israel’s vine has been stripped of branches, but he will restore its splendor.

For the land of Israel lies empty and broken after your attacks, but the Lord will restore its honor and power again.

Isaiah 57:15The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.”

Restoration and refreshment can follow humiliation. Sometimes we must be broken to be made whole; we must be wounded to be healed; we must become nothing to become something.

Matthew 1:19-21, 24-25Joseph, her fiancé, being a just man, decided to break the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” . . . When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded. He brought Mary home to be his wife, but she remained a virgin until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

2 Kings 5:9-15So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and waited at the door of Elisha’s house. But Elisha sent a messenger out to him with this message: “Go and wash yourself seven times in the Jordan River. Then your skin will be restored, and you will be healed of leprosy.” But Naaman became angry and stalked away. “I thought he would surely come out to meet me!” he said. “I expected him to wave his hand over the leprosy and call on the name of the Lord his God and heal me! . . . So Naaman turned and went away in a rage. But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” So Naaman went down to the Jordan River and dipped himself seven times, as the man of God had instructed him. And his flesh became as healthy as a young child’s, and he was healed!

Humiliation can lead to trust and obedience. Sometimes we may not learn to trust and obey until difficulties force us to.

Psalm 25:9He leads the humble in what is right, teaching them his way.

Proverbs 11:2Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

1 Corinthians 4:14I am not writing these things to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

Instruction, understanding, and wisdom must be a part of your journey to overcome humiliation.

Luke 14:11For the proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored.

Proverbs 15:33Fear of the Lord teaches a person to be wise; humility precedes honor.

Proverbs 18:12Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

Proverbs 22:4True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Proverbs 29:23Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.

Humiliation and shame may lead to humility. Humility leads to confession and forgiveness, thoughtfulness in our speech, and wisdom in our actions. This leads to honor.

Psalm 131:1LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don't concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or awesome for me.

Philippians 2:6-8Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

2 Corinthians 8:9You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.

Luke 2:7She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

Hebrews 13:12-14So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates in order to make his people holy by shedding his own blood. So let us go out to him outside the camp and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.

As we humble ourselves, we are becoming more like Jesus, for he humbled himself to the point of dying on the cross for our sins.