The Kingdom of God is like a wise couple who own a small bakery near a bridge. The bakery has done well over the years and they've even loaned money to friends. But now their town is repairing the bridge, and their part of town is closed to pedestrians. The construction will be done in six months, but they have two kids in college and they're worried about tuition.
The couple thinks things over carefully:
"Right now, we're in a tough situation, but it should only last six months. We'll get some compensation from the town but we need another source of income now. We'll pay it back easily a year from now."
Then, they have a stroke of insight:
"Maybe we can see this from another perspective. Many of our friends owe us money. Let's go to them and explain our situation. We'll ask everyone to give us what they can - even if it's a small amount - and we'll cancel their debts completely. If someone can't give us money but they can help in some other way, we'll take it with gratitude and cancel their debt."
The wise couple follow this plan. Instead of losing their friends' goodwill by demanding full payment of their debts, goodwill increases exponentially by their forward-thinking kindness.
The Kingdom of God is found when we drop the debt of the past and open ourselves to the love that is all around us.