Violence, especially the domestic variety, flows from what the Bible rightly calls a “wicked heart.” It is the arrogation and abuse of power for selfish ends and is the very picture of insecurity and immaturity. What starts in the heart comes out of the mouth (Proverbs 10:6, 11). Physical violence begins with violent words―threats of violence―and words are a form of behavior that must be taken seriously. The gospel can conquer wicked hearts, but until it does we must protect the innocent from the wicked.