Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wrote these instructive lines about the power of love to conquer evil:
“The only way to overcome evil is to let it run itself to a standstill because it does not find the resistance it is looking for. Resistance merely creates further evil and adds fuel to the flames. But when evil meets no opposition and encounters no obstacles but only patient endurance, its sting is drawn, and at last it meets an opponent which is more than its match.”
This thought is stated beautifully in a poem by Edward Markam:
He drew a circle that shut me out,
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a circle that took him in.