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Fragrance or Stink: What Do You Smell Like?

1 Oct

A woman, trying to control her dry hair, treated her scalp with olive oil before washing it. But then, worried the oil might oliveoil_margenauer_pixabaylinger, she washed her hair several times.

That night, as she went to bed, she leaned over to her husband and asked, “Do I smell like olive oil?”

“No,” he said, sniffing her.

“Do I smell like Popeye?” *

I once read that if you lick your wrist and wait 10 seconds, and then smell your wrist… that’s what your breath smells like!

Is that true? Oh wait … Yikes!

There are sweet smells and offensive smells, right?

  • The smell of a newborn baby (minus a soiled diaper).
  • The smell of old books.
  • The smell of exotic perfume.
  • The smell of a bakery.
  • The smell of a wet dog.
  • The smell of honeysuckle vines.
  • The smell of an angry skunk.

But the smell I’m considering today is the aroma that lingers from my attitudes. 

Even if you are not aware of it, you are leaving behind a fragrance wherever you go.

Encouraging, godly attitudes will bless others, but when our attitudes “stink,” it will affect everyone around us in negative ways.

Although sin grievously affects us personally, we don’t sin unto ourselves—others are affected. Our “stink” can rub off on others! One example is the stinky attitude that comes from an unforgiving, bitter attitude that “defiles many” (Hebrews 12:15).

The story is told of an old homeless man, taken in by a God-fearing couple who wanted to help him. They took him home where he showered and cleaned up. But then he put on his old, dirty, stinky clothes! He didn’t realize the loving couple had laid out fresh, clean clothes for him.

This is what we Christians do sometimes. We are “washed” by the Lord when He rescues us and makes us His own (1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26) and God wraps us in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10); but then we keep righteousrobe_stinkygarments_lolwithgodputting old “stinky” garments over that robe!

Our hearts are changed, but we still resort to stinky thinking patterns that lead to stinky actions.

When tempted to put on those stinky attitudes, we need to lay them down and pick up the attitudes the Holy Spirit has “laid out” for us.

What are these attitudes?

Sweet-smelling attitudes arise from the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and goodness (Galatians 5:22-23). They include behavior that shows we have become “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4-7).

And our thoughts help us focus on these attitudes. We need thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). We need to think these kinds of things and practice sweet-smelling habits that flow from those thoughts.

We all sin. Every day. If we say we don’t, we’re deceiving ourselves (1 John 1:8). But that doesn’t mean we cozy down with our sins. We should hate our sin as God does, and confess it to Him in repentance (1 John 1:9) so we can move forward in His grace to thoughts, words and behaviors that please Him (Ephesians 5:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:9; Romans 12:1-2).

We need a “daily washing” to make sure the aroma of Christ is what lingers, wherever we go and in every situation;

“For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15, Amp).

King David, after committing terrible sin, cried out to God, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity [wickedness], and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51:2). In essence, David was saying, “Scrub me clean. Soak out my sinful attitudes and actions, and let me be pure again.”

Determine that your aroma will be the fragrance of Christ, not the stink of sin!

How can you know what “aroma” emanates from YOUR life? By others’ reactions and responses? Through the conviction of the Holy Spirit? From the Word of God?

from * Adapted from The Cybersalt Digest, Issue #4177, 9-1-16

~ Dawn

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What’s Your ‘Lingering Aroma’?

13 Jul

Like a good BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) sandwich? A humorist from the South, Barbara Madden, offered this recipe for “BLT Hair Conditioner.” It might just work!

“Completely coat your hair with cooled bacon grease, wrap coated hair in a towel and allow to sit for 8-10 minutes,” Madden said. “Wash hair with BLTlettuce and tomato based shampoo available at Bubba and Cooter’s Health Food Stores everywhere.

“Before drying hair dab a small amount of Miracle Whip in your hand as a styling agent and gently run fingers through your hair, keeping in mind a little goes along way. Then dry hair with a blow dryer set on low and while standing over your toaster as it toasts at least four pieces of Wonder Bread.”

Why? “This will allow the aroma of toasted bread to permeate the hair follicles.”

Madden concludes with this: “Style as usual. You will benefit from the aroma of BLT’s for days to come!”

LOL! That’s quite an ordeal to enjoy the lingering aroma of a BLT.

I think we all have a lingering aroma.

GreenPerfumeBottle2Maybe yours is a delicate perfume – or one with a stronger note. Maybe you’re allergic to perfumes, but even your deodorant or hairspray likely has a scent. Perhaps you leave behind the strong sweat of a laborer. Or the colicky smell of a fussy baby. Or the scent of a freshly dry-cleaned suit. Or … you get the idea. We all have some memorable scents.

Did you know Christians are to leave behind a distinct aroma?

2 Corinthians 2:15 (ESV) says, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

Other versions describe this as a “Christ-like fragrance rising up to God” … the “pleasing aroma of Christ” … and the “sweet fragrance of Christ.”

The Living Bible says it this way (verses 2:14-15):

“Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation….”

The Bible connects the fragrance to sacrifices.

God accepted His chosen people as “fragrant incense” among the nations (Ezekiel 20:41); and just as the Old Testament believers offered up sacrifices that were a “pleasing aroma to the Lord” (Numbers 15:3), the aroma that we manifest to others is ours because of the loving sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf (Ephesians 5:2).

This aroma spreads to others. Paul said when God’s children offer up “gifts” in ministry, they are like “fragrant offerings” – acceptable sacrifices that please God (Philippians 4:18).

This waft of perfume others sense in your life (if you are a Christ-follower) is none other than Jesus Himself, living in you.

Do you want the dying world to know and savor the living Savior? Consider this … if others do not savor Him, perhaps it is because some “smells of self-life” overpower His sweet aroma.

It’s important to ask this question: What is my ‘lingering aroma”?

– Dawn

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