People of the City of Detroit, the Lord Jesus prayed the prayer of guidance for His people, for their lives. It is the will of the Heavenly Father that men be heirs to His Kingdom.
From the book "As It Is In Heaven" AuthorHouse 2010 by J. Frank Simmons II:
The next point of discussion under this topic relates to the portion of the Lord's prayer where he teaches us to ask the Father to give us daily bread and ask forgiveness for our offences or debts as we forgive everyone that is indebted to or offends us. Luke 11:3-4.
In this select passage, the Lord delivers two fundamental principles of the Kingdom of God related to its Heavenly government and its built-in systems of administration.
In Luke the 11th chapter and starting at the 5th verse, the Lord taught the disciples a kingdom precept as a parable by asking them which of them would have a friend and would go to that friend's home at midnight asking for 3 loaves of bread to use to feed another friend who has come on a journey to visit, not expecting to receive bread?
The Lord used the term friend meaning fellow citizens of the same community who know each other and are known of each other, who freely share and give to each other through great love. John 15: 13-15. The underlying message here is we should befriend our fellow citizen and have Kingdom fellowship with those seeking such by having bread to give. It is our responsibility as well as our heavenly purpose to ask for, receive and possess bread from our friend (Heavenly Father) to share with a fellow citizen. No one is without nor shall be in need under the system of government in the Kingdom of God. This is called community sharing. This is more commonly called FELLOWSHIP.
The second principle the Lord refers to in his prayer is the governing rule that there is no indebtedness in the Kingdom of God only increase. The great wealth of the Kingdom of God is shared through inheritance. There is no need for the continuance of debt and the adding of usury. There will be no principles relating to lending and borrowing under God's Heavenly system of government. For one to receive his great inheritance through translation from the Father, one must ask for and then accept forgiveness of his debts owed. In other words, people who think God gives to man His Kingdom and His Righteousness as payment for a debt of servitude are misplaced and cannot receive anything from God. We as men accept the gift of life eternal from the Life of His Son Jesus as having peace with God. Meaning there is no debt or point of contention in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, but fellowship.
Likewise, under this heavenly system of government we forgive our fellow citizens of humanity any indebtedness that we are owed through offence(s). The Lord spoke on occasion about offence(s) or debts and how in the worldly system, debts would come through offences. Such an occurrence is necessary to that type of system, meaning the world functions off the creation of debt.
However, the Lord further states that a person that owes great debt through offences is in a better position if he or she hung a millstone around their neck and were drowned in the sea. Matthew 18: 6-7.
Isn't that the truth? Those of us who are presently under great pressures relating to offences that we have knowingly and unknowingly committed against the world's system of laws and the ensuing enforcement, or against our fellow human, are subject to the associated debts that are owed. If we were truthful, we sometimes wish we were drowned in the sea. Isn't that a sad indictment for people who claim they are of the heavenly system of the Kingdom of God, to wish that we were taken out of the world? The Kingdom of God is a heavenly system of increase, not of debt and usury.
In the same passage, the Lord talks about the process of naturalization or granting of citizenship into his Kingdom by stating that only children or those who have no debt nor lawfully can create debt through offences can become citizens. Moreover, when children interact, they often offend but easily forgive one another over and over again. Furthermore, children share everything they have with other children. Just think of the birthday party that we give for our 2 or 3 year old child. All the children in the neighborhood are invited to participate and bring gifts to honor the child's birthday. Imagine our child being in school and the teacher giving a celebration in honor of the achievement of one of the children. All of the children in the class celebrate and participate in the party. These principles of Kingdom fellowship are readily accepted by children. When we see a child which does not exhibit these attributes, immediately our attention is turned to that child because somehow the world and its evils has affected or injured the child in some manner.
Once Peter asked the Lord: "How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?" The Lord replied: "I say not unto thee, Until seven times; but, Until seventy times seven."
The Lord proceed to explain this heavenly precept by teaching the parable of the servant which owed his King ten thousand talents. The servant owed the King on account of that which he was given stewardship he mishandled. The King was offended due to the nature and creation of the debt and because the servant could not pay he issued the proclamation that the servant and his family along with their worldly possessions be sold to make payment. The servant immediately fell down and worshiped the King asking that mercy and patience be granted. The King was moved with compassion and forgave his servant the debt thereby freeing him and his family.
But the same servant went out and found one of his fellow servants which owed him one hundred pence and grabbed him by the throat demanding that he pay what was owed him. The fellow servant asked for forgiveness but was cast into prison until he was able to pay the debt. When other fellow servants saw what was done, they were sad and they approached the King and told all that happened.
The King called the servant and told him that he was forgiven because he asked to be forgiven. As such, the King said he had compassion and forgave him. The King further asked why the servant didn't have compassion on his fellow servant even as the King had compassion on him. The King was angry and delivered the servant to the tormentors until he was able to pay the King that which he stole.
Then Jesus said:
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also
unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not
everyone his brother their trespasses.
Matthew 18:22- 35
Truthfully speaking, we have enough in our lives to focus our positive attention on. Being tormented daily or imprisoned while here in this world of great tribulation is a bit of overkill. Sadly enough, failing to accept the precepts of the Kingdom of God will leave one in an earthly hell, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Brother, I forgive you. Will you forgive me?
To be continued. . . God Bless