In his letter to Ephesus, an ancient city renowned for its occult practices, Paul states a fundamental truth about conflict.
No matter how evil the human being on the other side appears, he or she is just a pawn of evil. Once we realize this, our whole approach to conflict changes.
Our true adversaries are fallen spiritual principalities and powers, rulers of this present darkness, the hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Spiritual evil is addressed through spiritual warfare, and as Church Militant on Earth, we dawn the whole armor of God. We guard ourselves with truth, we wear the breastplate of righteous behavior and the shoes of peace.
We use the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation and wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and we stand firm on the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.