Saturday 6 February, 2021

2 Corinthians 2:12-17

12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia. 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.

I love perfume and I love scented candles.  So when you walk into a home with the aroma of the candles I understand what we are to ‘smell’ like.  Like sweet perfume….

Our lives are to be fragrant.  Fragrance wafts through the air, with no boundaries, perceived/received by our senses.  It transforms a room and changes an atmosphere.

Christ said in this scripture that our lives are to be like that – a fragrance rising up to God.  To Jesus our lives, when we live well and in the fear of God we become a sweet smelling fragrance. 

However we are also aware that some fragrances people don’t like.  To some; our lives and ‘smell’ will be a scent of death and doom.   We need not fear that; we need not shy away from that – we are called to fragrant wherever God has placed us.

We all need to continue to be faithful to the Word of God.  To speak it with sincerity and authority and know that the only person we ever need to answer to – is HIM.  Jesus.

Lord Jesus, help us to be fragrant.  Where we have become not what we should be, convict us Lord and help us to change.  Help us to be as Christ amongst our family, neighbours and friends.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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