Do You Smell?

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No really…what is the atmosphere when you arrive and when you go? Not physically, but spiritually…and quite literally. Some people have stinky attitudes, foul tongues, and and a cynical stench that pollutes everyone around them. They complain, criticize, and compare. They are the last person you want to stop and talk with and the very person you try and avoid. Every been around a person like that? Sometime we are “that person.” The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 paints a picture worth a 1000 words. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.” Translation: We have the victory in Christ…ALWAYS, and our lives reveal and release with word and deed, the knowledge of Christ wherever we go. Our words, our deeds, our tone, and our tongue will all effect the “air ” wherever we go. It can be changes for good or for bad. It matters not if people cherish or chide our aroma, but let it not be because we wrongly represent Christ. This isn’t an issue of pores and perspiration, its a heart issue. Do we smell of Christ who is the sweetest fragrance of all, and draws people to Himself by our witness and word…or do we reek of self, hypocrisy, and arrogance? You will smell either way, but you can choose the fragrance you use.

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