“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).
There is no alternative choice—we either overcome evil or we are overcome by it. The natural response is to return wrong for wrong, slander for slander, hurt for hurt, evil for evil. In so doing, we have been overcome by evil at the very time we could have been victorious. The charge before us isn’t to endure evil but overcome it. It is a labor of love and grace that we undertake to preserve and perpetuate that which we have experienced in Christ. It is what can be accomplished when we live as victors in Christ instead of victims of circumstances.