Let’s be clear about forgiveness. If we were to do wrong to a friend named Robert, could we effectively seek forgiveness from another friend, say named Bill? Could Bill forgive us for something we did to Robert? Certainly not. We must ask forgiveness from the person we wronged.
So mistreating others is not the main activity the Supreme Being has forgiven us for. Certainly the Supreme Being is offended for our mistreatment of others. But He has set up a perfect mechanism within the physical world that automatically rectifies our debts to others if we do not repay them voluntarily. Everyone repays their debts for transgressions made upon others, either in this lifetime, or the in the next, through God's perfect system of cause-and-effect consequence learning ("as you sow, so shall you reap").
But in Jesus' parable, the servant is in debt to the king, and the king forgave those debts. What did we do to the Supreme Being that requires His forgiveness?
Each of us:
--forsook the Supreme Being.
--abandoned the Supreme Being.
--decided that we didn’t want to love the Supreme Being or care for Him anymore.
--became jealous of God's power and authority, and rejected Him.
This is called the original sin.
This truly hurt Him. Imagine, if you had a spouse, child or friend that you cared for greatly. At one point, out of the blue, they just told you that they didn’t care for you any more, and they were leaving you. That would hurt, wouldn't it?
The Supreme Being was also hurt when we rejected Him.
But because the Supreme Being loves us - and can never be controlled by this hurt - before we have even asked for it, He has forgiven us. He still loves us whether we love Him or not.
Furthermore, while we have been away from Him, we have continued to ignore Him and even insult Him. Some of us have blasphemed His Name. Some of us have virtually told others that He doesn’t exist. These are truly insults against Him.
And we continue to use what belongs to the Supreme Being (the material things around us, including our bodies) while claiming these things belong to us.
Yet He will still forgive us.
This is a very humbling experience - to realize just how graceful and beautiful the Supreme Being is while we continue to insult Him and forlorn Him. How loving He is, through thick and thin. He loves us unconditionally.
And He forgives us, but just as relationships must work both ways, forgiveness must also work both ways for there to be a relationship.
Consider in Jesus' parable, how the master turned the servant over to the jailer after the servant would not forgive others of their debts after he forgave his servant's debts. The Supreme Being also has a jail system: It is this physical dimension, and our jail cells are these physical bodies.
Many people wonder, if God is so loving and forgiving, why is there so much suffering in the world?
In fact, this is a question that is not being answered by the various sectarian ecclesiastical institutions.
Others use this question of suffering to further reject the Supreme Being's existence.
Yes, the Supreme Being has set up a precise system of justice here in this physical dimension.
But there are two critical points we must remember about God's perfect system:
1) These bodies are not us. These bodies are temporary physical shells - like the cars we drive - that we use for awhile. The physical world gives us the illusion that we are these bodies, but we are not these bodies. We are only in these bodies temporarily, and the pain and suffering they experience does not happen to each of us - because each of us are spiritual individuals, remotely operating the body much as a driver operates an automobile.
2) Each of us creates the future suffering of our physical body from the suffering we inflict upon other physical bodies. Thus the current suffering of our physical body has been created by our past activities.
Just as a computer game persona (or icon) might experience the results of activities within the computer program game that carry over to successive plays, these physical bodies were designed to reflect the decisions and activities we have made in this temporary body, or in a previous temporary body.
This is why Jesus' disciples asked Jesus:
His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2)This question assumes that Jesus had taught his disciples that ones current situation is the result of either his prior activities or his parents' prior activities. Because it is a perfect system, where both the prior activities of the parents and the child come together to determine the health of the child, sometimes a parent's prior activity will create a particular issue inborn in the child.
At the same time, the child will still have the defect to balance his own previous activities. At the end of the day, each physical body is put into the precise situation that is deserved from our previous situations: "As we sow, so shall we reap."
In other words, we have created the suffering that exists in the world among temporary physical bodies. We have, as societies and as individuals, created the situations we are in today in this and prior lifetimes. And Jesus and his disciples also believed this, because how else (as in John 9:2) could a man born blind have sinned prior to being born if he didn't have a prior lifetime?
We all receive the results of our activities that either help or hurt others. It is an automatic system. God’s turning us over to this automatic system of reaping what we sow is analogous to the king turning over his servant to the jailers in Jesus' parable. This physical world and all its trappings is a jail of sorts. And the mechanisms of control over the physical body (our jail cell) - the various governments, bosses, diseases, injuries, pain and death all form the jail.
So yes, we must forgive our fellow children of God for anything they have done to us. For just as the king in Jesus' parable was willing to forgive the servant, the Supreme Being forgives us for forsaking Him. We simply have to honor that act upon that forgiveness as we deal with others.
If we want to get out of this self-centered physical jail, then we must begin to resume our original loving relationship with the Supreme Being. It is the only permanent way out, and Jesus, who demonstrated this relationship in all of his teachings and actions, is a conduit for us to resume our original relationship with the Supreme Being.
(For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus - translated from the original Greek texts.)