"When the Lord was tempted by the devil, he answered him with the commands of sacred Scripture. By he Word that he was, he could have easily plunged his tempter into the abyss. But he did not reveal the power of his might, but he only brought forth the precepts of Scripture. This was to give us an example of his patience, so that as often as we suffer something from vicious persons we should be aroused to teach rather than to exact revenge."
Pope St. Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies, 16.2-3