Humiliation

hu·mil·i·ty –noun
the quality or condition of being humble

hu·mil·i·ate –verb
to cause (a person) a painful loss of pride, self-respect, or dignity

While (to) humiliate is looked at as such a negative word, its root, humility, is a positive quality. In order to receive humility expect to be humiliated. I had never seen this connection until tonight while reading Colossians at Pierced. The next time you pray for humility be prepared to receive it how it is given. In order for God to grant you humility, he effectively humiliates you.

EDIT://More thoughts on humility

The cross, the a very painful way to die. But the real point of the cross was complete humiliation of the victim. As the accusers watched Jesus get crucified, they must have thought they had won. God himself was being publicly humiliated. But through this, God beat satan and brought his ultimate downfall, through being humiliated. The worldy desire is to be strong and beat your opponent into submission, but Jesus effectively countered this by simply being humble. It is something I don’t think that people with a worldy mindset think of or can understand right away. It baffles them, which in turn humiliates them. It is almost a compounded humiliation for them, getting humiliated by humiliation.

Wisdom

I’ve been reading Proverbs and 1st John lately, and they both encourage me to seek wisdom this and wisdom that. I always wondered how I would know if I have gotten the wisdom that I have been seeking. Well today I noticed that when I am seriously asked for wisdom and I seriously respond to that plea, I get really good feedback on my advice even though I didn’t think it was all that great. However, if I am ever trying to put out wisdom just to win an argument, or come out the better man, no wisdom to be found.
God would work that way.

Proverbs 4:7–Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.