Had to laugh at this foodie humor:
“We made some changes in our lives. My husband lost 50 pounds and after eight years of being a housewife, I took a job in a restaurant.
“When I returned home after my first day at work, I gave my husband a big hug.
“He seemed to cling to me longer than usual.
“‘Did you really miss me that much today, dear?’ I asked.
“‘No, came the reply. But you smell so much like pancakes that I hate to let you go.'” *
Some scents, we want to linger. Others – like a spray from a skunk – not so much.
My two daughters-in-love are “into” fragrant oils. Sometimes they are used directly on skin, but placed into a diffuser, the essential oils fill the room with relaxing, health-giving scents.
I like the scents vanilla, peppermint and a special oil called “thieves.” Everyone has their favorite scents.
But did you know there is one scent every Christian should delight in?
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15, NIV).
Our delight is the pleasing aroma of Christ.
Like a precious, aromatic flower, Christ was “crushed” for our sake, and the scent of His death was fragrant to God.
To those who don’t know the Lord, that odor might seem offensive.
But to those who are touched by the grace of salvation in Christ, it is a precious scent indeed.
And the scent lingers upon us.
We are the sweet savor of our Savior in the world.
We are admonished to “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2, ESV). As we walk in love, His fragrance rests upon us.
What does that look like?
- We offer forgiveness when offended.
- We share our blessings with others.
- We practice kindness, even when there’s little hope others respond “in kind.”
- We share truth in love.
- We accept and appreciate a person’s humanity (made in the image of God), though we don’t affirm his or her sinful habits.
In other words, we spread the fragrance of Christ wherever we go, no matter our circumstances. If we don’t, we may be emitting the “stink” of self!
The best thing? As the precious aroma of Christ lingers, people will be drawn to the Lord.
I want to “diffuse” His love to the world, don’t you?
– * Cybersalt Digest, #3984, 11-8-13