From our book Igniting Faith in 40 Days.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
Do our beliefs make a difference in how others treat us? Are strife and rejection simply “bad luck” while favor and acceptance “good luck”? The Bible indicates that there are spiritual laws that influence these matters. As we have said, wisdom teaches us to make these laws work for us and for the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:37-38 states the law of reciprocity. “Judge not and you will not be judged. Condemn not and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and it will be given to you. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Our inner attitudes and our outward actions cause a “giving” that brings an experience back to us (in proportion to the amount we have given).
We love others to the level we love ourselves, thus our attitude toward ourselves becomes the basis for attitudes we “give” to other people. This, in turn, releases a harvest (an experience) in accordance with the measure that has been given.
Complicated? No. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If a man thinks he is rejected, he is rejected. If a man thinks he is favored, he is favored. The key is thinking about ourselves as God thinks about us. (See 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Declare: God is good to me. I expect and receive His goodness. I give goodness to others in actions and attitudes. I therefore increasingly receive goodness and favor back in my relationships.