Posted: Monday, August 28
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Verse of the day:
“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15)
There are few things in the world more offensive than something that has a bad smell. We can pardon a lot of things, but smells are a different matter altogether. Some things don’t just stink, they stank. I don’t really know if I can verbally describe stank, it has to be experienced.
I love our verse for today. Paul is telling us that as Christians we have a smell. Not only do we smell, but to some we smell like death. Paul says that for those that are not walking in relationship with God, Christians have a smell of death. Not because we are acting unrighteous, but because by our actions and lives, they are reminded of their own stinky situation.
However, to other Christians, we smell wonderful. Our lives are a sweet aroma of God’s love and grace, his forgiveness and mercy. I picture it to be a combination of frankincense and myrrh. Actually, I am kidding, I have no idea what that smells like, I was just trying to be spiritual. However, Paul says it is a life-giving perfume.
So, as Christians, our lives will both offend and refresh. The difference is not in how we live our lives, but in the ones who are up close to us. Are you a stank in the nose of your unsaved friends? If not, maybe you smell too much like the world. Are you a sweet smell to others of faith? If not, maybe you need to be washed again in the blood of Christ. His forgiveness has a smell. The smell of life to those that have received and the stank of death to those that don’t now him.