There are 1,000,000 different ways to get revenge but only one way to forgive. Think about that. If everyone returned an act they deemed unkind to them with one in return, the world would be a very unpleasant place to live. Some take offense to those who don’t return a “Good Morning” while others see a racial slur as unforgivable. We all have that one thing on our list that we deem worthy of reproach.
"It's in the bible though...". As with most things, we twist scripture to validate our mischief. These verses did not refer to petty payback but end of life if you were found guilty of bestowing evil upon your fellow man. Prior to the salvation sent by God, man was under the law. As we know today, breaking the law requires judgement in court. In biblical times, men stood before God, the just judge, when they transgressed against their brethren. The wages of sin was death. Case closed.
Since the beginning, man has seemed determined to sentence themselves to God's judgement of death. Fortunately, God loved us just enough to forgive generations of incomprehensible sin. Jesus Christ explains the fulfillment of this “eye for an eye” law. God put this law in place to bring judgement where there was contention among one another. There would be no need for this law if arguments were not present. Every heated argument today leads to hurtful words being said or hurtful actions being done. This is why Christ said let your response simply be “Yes” or “No”. Agree or disagree but don't argue about it. The way past arguments has always been understanding and forgiveness.
Jesus Christ was that forgiveness and mentions that if you can find it in your heart to love someone who wronged you, that “ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven”. Why? We serve a holy God. Man has proven themselves to be mostly unholy thus by God’s standards, most of us would be found guilty. He forgave us and his forgiveness should teach us forgiveness as well. Restraining yourself from physically taking revenge does not mean you forgive. You forgive with your mind and your heart first. You forgive by loving your neighbour first and hating the sin they committed against you second.
We're not separated by skin color or race. We're only separated by sin, which separates us from God. That's the only thing that should matter. Love one another, fear God.