Humility versus Humiliation

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For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.  – Romans 12:3

So often, I stop at the first comma of this verse. Does anyone else do this?

Many of us put ourselves down, filled with self-recrimination and shame. Sadly, we think this is what God wants, that this is humility in action. We perpetuate this myth amongst our churches, being quick to downplay each other’s gifts, eager to shame people with their mistakes. We humiliate ourselves in the name of humility.

This is not authentic living. Authenticity requires truthful self-evaluation. I don’t think humility is stamping ourselves down with condemnation.

I believe humility requires us to embrace our God-given worth while accepting our Self-driven weakness.

Can we embrace our worth and our weakness? Even more importantly, can we embrace the worth and weakness of others? (Click to tweet)

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