Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.
“Let it roll off like water on a duck’s back.” A quote often used to encourage the insulted to not allow the careless and callous word’s of another to affect them. Not always easy as we all know, the words of others hold tremendous power in life. As we become closer to the Lord, our hearts become tender and therefore when the attack of another is hurled it often penetrates that which has been softened. But God did not tell us to take the harsh words of another into our heart but rather simply to respond in blessing. How do you do that when experiencing such a pounding? In waddles our friend, the duck.
God created the duck to live on the land and in the water. It would be able to be comfortable in two completely opposite situations. It would waddle along on the land and glide across the water. “Water off a duck’s back” simply glides across feathers perfectly placed by God as a barrier to allow it to simply roll off. A duck does not notice the rain water because it is a creature that is able to adapt to both environments. Water is not unexpected but anticipated as the duck encounters it every day. Therefore, it does not stop to get out of the rain or fight to stay dry but simply goes on with its daily routine. Furthermore, there are times when the duck actually enjoys the rain because it is a duck and they were created to encounter such things. Whether an enjoyable unexpected summer drizzle or torrential downpour, it rolls off the duck because it is part of the environment that it lives it. When we become Children of God by accepting Jesus Christ, like the duck, we have a dual citizenship. We live on this planet but our hearts inhabit heaven. These are two very different places with extremely opposite atmospheres and conflicting principles. Yet we are not to conform to earth in order to survive but rather endure until we make a full transition to heaven. The Lord told us that there would be hardships while here (Luke 6:22). In fate, he said people would hate us, but as in all things Jesus told us exactly how to deal with such things. We are to “let it roll off like water on a duck’s back!”
Living successful in two environments is not without its challenges for ducks and man, but God has equipped all His Creation for such adaptability. If we accept that insults and hardships are part of existence on this earth, suddenly they are not so surprising anymore. Jesus said that we will endure these things for His Name Sake. In other words, the day that we chose to identify ourselves as Christians – insults became a common occurrence. It is part of the job description. Ducks anticipate water. We should expect to be criticized. The more we become heaven’s inhabitants the more challenging living on earth becomes. However, you are fully equipped to walk out your life successfully in this world on your way to eternity! If you are being pounded by the insults and threats of this world today, welcome to the Kingdom! These are common traits in the life of a Christian! If it walks like a duck it’s a duck, if you walk like God’s Child – you are a Christian!
Psalm 69 was written by David from a heavy heart buried in the insults of others. He cries to God to rescue him from the “mud” threatening to consume him! Is that you today? Are you struggling to keep your head above water as you earnestly seek the Lord in the midst of great trials and condemnation?
Romans 12:14-19 (NLT)
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
The Lord has not lost sight of what is happening to you! He is watching intently! Will you react in anger or respond in grace? He is also watching the ones at the heart of your trouble, hoping that His Grace and Mercy will touch them before God’s Judgment deals with their sin! In the rain a duck walks like a duck, in trials Christians are to walk like Jesus! Pray for those who persecute you whether through a slight or full on barrage of insults! Do the right thing no matter what and let Jesus continue to complete His Work in you! Showers of blessing are heading your way! Get ready to dance in His Rain!