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God’s Favorite Fragrance

Have you ever really thought about the miracle of smell? How can there possibly be enough variations in perfume smells to produce the hundreds of different brands available?

I have a favorite perfume. What I don’t understand is that my dear hubby believes the slick salesclerk who swears that the less expensive brand smells just like my brand. I can tell it is not the same! No imitations accepted!

Scripture teaches us about God’s favorite fragrance and He doesn’t like imitations either. “But thanks be to God who…through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him…For we are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

Wow – the fragrance of the knowledge of Him – the aroma of Christ. Have you ever considered what aroma you are giving off?

My Great Grandmother lived in a home full of aromas. She was frequently cooking grape jelly or stewing down some fresh okra. My favorite aromas from Grandma Craig are somehow captured on the pages of her Bible. Perhaps it is because her Bible was open so much that the smells are still captured there. It is amazing to me that today, twenty-plus years after her death, I can open that old white Bible, hold it up to my nose, close my eyes and imagine Grandma sitting right next to me. The power of aroma!

As a woman today, we need to be alert to the fragrance we leave behind. Is it one that our loved ones will cherish when they get a whiff of it years after we are gone? So what aroma do we sense from this fragrant knowledge of Him? Our fragrance comes from the activities that fill our days. Consider yourself a purveyor of scents, ladies, spraying it on all around. The real question is what fragrance are we spreading?

Ephesians 5:1 says “Be imitators of God as dearly loved children.” We want to fill our days with love, long-suffering attitudes, merciful and gracious actions.

The next verse from Ephesians says to “live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Many of us just bounce through life, but as aroma bearers of Christ, we must choose purposefully to love. Do you speak love? Do you act love?

Think of walking through your house and past your family with a bottle of the aroma of Christ. It is up to you whether they smell it or not. That touch, that time spent together, that hug, that special note, those favorite cookies – it all smells of Christ.

The power is released when someone smells the fragrance of Christ. I love it when Christ has revealed Himself to me, especially during a crisis. I always try to remind myself that He is on the premises. When you are aware of His aroma, that love that passes all understanding, but do not see Him, be reassured that He is there.

So picture a cute purse atomizer. It’s empty until you fill it. Then, it’s up to you to spray the aroma of Christ to the world around you so they can realize that He is near.

Gwen Pluache is a mother of five, She is the inside Missions Coordinator for her church and loves to teach women in small groups. www.gwenplauche.com

Seen on the website of Florence Simmons, author and writer: www.common-sensewisdom.com, write4hym@hotmail.com