Fiendlike, beastlike, manlike, Godlike

(John Angell James, "The Man Who
Killed His Bad Neighbors by Kindness")

"Love your enemies,
 do good to those who hate you,
 bless those who curse you,
 pray for those who mistreat you."
    (Luke 6:27-28)

To return evil for good, is fiendlike.

To return evil for evil, is beastlike.

To return good for good, is manlike.

But to return good for evil, is Godlike.

This is true practical Christianity.

"Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer
 evil with good." (Romans 12:21)