“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (v18). Though the normal human pattern is to fight for what is ours in terms of possessions and honor, Paul tells believers to “leave it to the wrath of God” (v19). We don’t have to live insecurely, on the defensive; if we trust Him as the real Judge, we can even “bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (v14). We save our energy for loving one another, showing honor, and being “fervent in zeal” for Jesus (v9-11).
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (v21). Jesus showed us the way to “win”: through sacrifice motivated by love.