Embrace your Humiliation

Humiliation is probably the only antidote for our pride: the LORD arranges things so that we will be humiliated by men for following Jesus, for keeping His words even though it is unpopular, and one benefit of us being humiliated for righteousness sake is that we know, deep in our hearts, that we have to swallow our pride and accept the humiliation of men, even as our LORD Jesus embraced His Cross and the humiliation of it, and through death defeated sin and death and the prince of death.

If we embrace humiliation when the enemies of Christ humiliate us, then we are in fact embracing His victory, for in the Christian life anytime we deny our selves and embrace our Cross then we are embracing the victory of Jesus, a victory that only comes thru death – death to self.

It’s not easy, it hurts, there will be tears, there will be brokenness and discouragement, but He brings us to a place where we can say, Go ahead and humiliate me for Jesus sake, it the greatest honor you could give me; go ahead and hammer in the nails, you are actually helping me as there’s still more pride inside me which needs to die.

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low… James 1:9-10a

Blessed is the man that endures trial: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him. James 1:12

3 Responses to “Embrace your Humiliation”

  1. milind Says:

    That is very true. At times i feel Oh Lord why is this happening to me, then I realize it is His way of dealing with the pride in my life.
    However some times I wonder whether the lack of progress in career etc is his chastening to humble me or the lack of my competence?

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Thanks for your post. I hope you get more clarity on your situation before too long.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Of course…. it’s not just about embracing our humiliation when we are mocked for obeying Jesus, or when we have to accept a low position and belittling in the eyes of Christendom bcos we refuse to exalt ourselves and pursue honor from men, but also embracing our humiliation if we are humiliated for our mistakes and sins: God’s economy encompasses all of these things. It’s a good thing if we are humiliated for our errors, if it causes us to swallow our pride, admit we are wrong and humble ourselves before the Lord. Either way, the Father will deal faithfully with His sons, conforming them to The Son, bringing them into the same mind that He has (Philppians. 2:5-11).

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