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. 1st Peter 4:16 advises us on Christian suffering.

1st Peter 4:16, “Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.”

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. Hebrews 12:2 tells us about Jesus’ shame before man and His honor before God.

Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of 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. Ezekiel 39:26 advises how God had shamed the Israelites as punishment and correction to do right.

Ezekiel 39:26, “After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.”

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

Acts 5:41, “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”