The story of Easter is told in Matthew 28: 1-10. Let’s not forget the words of Jesus, “Father let them forgive me.” Human hatred has not declined. Let’s be more forgiving.
Forgiveness is a mark of the Christian life. Forgiveness may break a cycle of retaliation and lead to mutual reconciliation. It may make the enemy feel ashamed and change his or her ways.
By contrast, returning evil for evil hurts you just as much as it does the enemy. Even if your enemy never repents, forgiving him or her will free you of a heavy load of bitterness. If we expect to be forgiven, we need to practice forgiveness. The one thing that Jesus prayed for in his dying hour was forgiveness. That was their primary need then and it’s ours today.