It’s never content with marginal status, and the Bible teaches that a proper defense is actually a posture of offense. In Romans chapter 12, there’s a series of directives given for the active, grace-filled life. There are things like authentic love, kindness, diligence in hospitality, empathy with those hurting, rejoicing with those who are happy, a humble attitude, and pursuing peace with all who are willing. And at the end of the chapter there’s this:
“Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” –Romans 12:21 NKJV
Over the centuries, many have been overcome. Again, evil is restless. God told Cain that sin was at his door, and ready to pounce; but Cain held onto his feelings toward Abel and was overcome. King Saul was once friendly toward David, but jealously crept in and he was overcome. The early church was experiencing love and fellowship, but then posturing, pettiness and pride showed up; and many were overcome.
How about you today? Will you “cling to what is good”? What will your posture of offense look like? Perhaps there’s a particular situation needing diffusion. Perhaps there’s a person in need of a conversation. Or perhaps there’s a need for some prayerful honesty. “Overcome evil with good…”