Answer: We need to find the Creator’s image within ourselves every time. Baal HaSulam gives an example of a servant chosen as the head of the King’s ministers. To reach the desired, he had to fight his cruel opponents twice (even though they were faking), in order to first reach the property or degree of “bestowal for the sake of bestowal” and then the degree of “receiving for the sake of bestowal.”
Without a fight within, it is impossible to see and attain all the forces and properties, to absorb them into ourselves, and understand what it means to be a “minister,” that is, to be similar to the Creator.
From the 1st part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 10/12/10, “The Matter of Mercy”