READ : 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
It was about 2:00 a.m. when my parents were awakened by our dog Shadow, barking frantically. She had cornered a skunk in the back yard. Before Dad could coax Shadow away from her prize, the skunk sprayed and ran toward the house. Our black and white intruder sprayed again right under my window before he squeezed under the gate and ran down the street.
In the morning I woke up to our visitor’s terrible aroma. I looked forward to going to school and getting out of the stench of the house. However, unknown to me, I carried the aroma with me. It was embarrassing because whenever a student would come into the class room, he would pull up his nose and whine, “Ooo, it smells like a skunk in here!”
That morning I took an unpleasant aroma with me, but Paul tells us that we can take a pleasing aroma everywhere we go. He wrote that our aroma should be a sweet, wholesome fragrance, the fragrance of Christ. What is the fragrance of Christ? His aroma is loving, joyful, peaceful, faithful, gentle and kind. We should be carrying the fragrance of Christ’s new life to a dead and decaying world. But do we? Do we leave a pleasing aroma to both the saved and the unsaved around us? May we always carry the aroma that will never embarrass us the sweet wholesome fragrance of Christ in our lives.
Lord, help us to bring the pleasant aroma of Your Son to a smelly and perishing world. In the sweet name of Jesus. Amen.