"You can't get Humility without Humiliation" - Sunny Shell
A scary prayer is to ask God to humiliate us that we may share in the humility of our Savior Jesus. Humility cannot be present where pride is present. The only way to break pride so that it may not be present in our lives anymore is for God to bring circumstances that are humiliating to us. I find that when God brings humiliating circumstances to me, I run and ask God, WHY?!?
I see now that I can't run, but only praise God that He's humbling me so that I will not be BLINDED by pride anymore. I must continue to ask God for more humiliating circumstances until I have fully grasped humility. Our Savior knew humility...
"Although he was a son, he (Jesus) learned obedience through what he suffered."
(Hebrews 5:8 ESV)
(Hebrews 5:8 ESV)
Jesus suffered. Jesus was humiliated. Jesus was humble. Jesus is the Son of God.
Let's not run from the humiliating circumstances God brings us through, He's only doing His work in us, to make us more like Christ. That we may be obedient, Christ-like children that walk in all humility. Lord, I pray for me and all who desire to have the humility of Christ, that by your grace we would understand that the only way to get humility is by your disciplining hand. Help us not fear your correcting hand, but praise you for it. For our lives are but a breath, and eternity is forever.
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
Before destruction a man's heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
who do his just commands;1
serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews;
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”