This totally clicked in my spirit. As a child, I recall throwing things into fruit trees to get the fruit to drop DOWN to the ground at my level, opposed to climbing UP into the tree to get the fruit.
Relate that to our spiritual walk. We should never ever be surprised when “sticks and stones” are thrown at us. Many times when this happens, the enemy is attempting to get us DOWN to his level[ out of our character in Christ], distract us from our purpose, and many other reasons too. Our eyes must stay fixed UPon the “True Vine” Christ Jesus.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23