Did you know the Bible tells us how we should smell? It does. And contrary to what the TV commercials say, we aren't always to smell good. The Word tells us that we will sometimes smell very bad to the people around us.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.
We Christians are to be the "fragrance of the knowledge of Him (Christ)." When we proclaim Christ through our words and actions, we become the "fragrance of life" to those who hear and see the Gospel in us and accept it for themselves. To those we lead to the Lord, we are indeed as sweet smelling as perfume.
But to those who reject our witness, we are the "smell of death," a stench in their nostrils. By our commitment to God, we are confirming to them the result of their commitment to the devil.
Unfortunately, many Christians today never proclaim the Gospel. They don't want to offend anyone. If the Gospel is an offence to some, well, it will have to go. So these so-called Christians never witness of Christ. They are never the smell of death to anyone, but they are never the fragrance of life to anyone, either. And in their disobedience, they are a stench to God. In the Bible an aroma pleasing to God is always linked to obedience in man.
If obedience is a pleasing aroma to the Lord, then Christ must be the sweetest fragrance of all. Jesus Christ was perfectly obedient, even to death on the cross. And as parts of the body of Christ, we are to be the "aroma of Christ."
1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
So this is how a Christian should smell. In obedience to the commands of Christ, we are to be the aroma of Christ. When we demonstrate Christ in our actions and proclaim Him in our words, we will be the "fragrance of life" to those who accept Him. To those who reject Him, we will be the smell of death. And most importantly, when we obey the Lord we are a pleasing aroma to Him. It's a sweet fragrance indeed.
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