Do you blame the devil for the problems in your life? He is the accuser of the brethren. He can’t make people do mean things to you, but he can remind you of all the offenses you have endured.
If you accept this invitation to dwell on strife then you will have strife and turmoil within yourself. I tell you to think on things that are lovely and pure and good. This diminishes the influence of your adversary over you. He only has power over you to the extent that you agree with him and conform to his way of thinking. Can force only be overcome with force, or evil with evil? Yet I have taught you to overcome evil with good.