What Does the Bible Say About Shame and Honor?

Bible Summary. From a Christian perspective, it is better to be shamed by man that to be out of step with God. Jesus was beaten, whipped, humiliated, shamed, and eventually killed on the cross, but he as all Christians are honored by God. Sometimes God uses shame to chastise us in order for us to come into a place of honor with Him. Christians should think of it as an honor to be criticized, ridiculed, and shamed for speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures concerning honor and shame.

Jesus, Shamed By Man, Honored By God

Jesus Carrying Cross


You Can Be Shamed by Man But Be In the Honor of God.

From a Christian perspective, it is better to be shamed by man that to be out of step with God. When a Christian has different views than the society norm, it is better to glorify God than to appease man.

See Scripture Commentary: 1 Peter 4:16 advises us on Christian suffering.

Jesus Was Shamed By Man But Is Honored By God.

Jesus was beaten, whipped, humiliated, shamed, and eventually killed on the cross because of His Christian views. All of us have the opportunity to follow Jesus' example and be in relationship with God.

See Scripture Commentary: Hebrews 12:2 tells us about Jesus' shame before man and His honor before God.

God Can Shame You to Bring You into a Place of Honor With Him.

Sometime God uses shame to chastise us in order for us to come into a place of honor with Him. God has given us free choice, but he will sometimes let bad things happen to us in order for us make the right choice.

See Scripture Commentary: Ezekiel 39:26 advises how God had shamed the Israelites as punishment and correction to do right.

Honored to Suffer Shame in Jesus' Name.

Christians should think of it as an honor to be criticize, ridiculed, and shamed for speaking the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians are persecuted because people do not want to hear the truth. It may cause them to have to change their ways.

See Scripture Commentary: Acts 5:41 tells how the apostles rejoiced after being beaten and shamed by the Jewish council.