If you need something in your life you need to challenge yourself to give it first. What do you mean by that, you may ask? What I mean is simply this if you need mercy be merciful, if you need forgiveness give forgiveness, if you need friends show yourself friendly, if you need money be generous in whatever capacity you are able. You see if you give what you need it will return to you. Never put an expectation on where or how it will come back to you. What I’m saying is this if you help someone don’t hold them hostage and expect it to come back from them. It may come from another person, but the minute you expect to come back from a specific person you miss the blessing another individual brings to you. It’s like having tunnel vision and you can potentially miss the beauty in the periphery. Luke 6:38 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
The opposite is true as well, if you are spiteful , merciless, unforgiving the same measure is given to you. Are you willing to give up that will be because pride and ego have taken the drivers seat? Sit in the passenger seat and give it some thought. If you refuse to self-reflect and self-correct you do it at the expense of inner peace…a quite frankly that costs to much!