by Audrea Winbush Lott
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
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. NIV
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: KJV
There are people who spend so much time trying to decide what fragrance to wear from day to day. Some have favorites that are expensive; others have found fragrances that are relatively inexpensive, but well suited for them. We all know people who seem to drench themselves in their favorite fragrance and it tends to overpower you when you simply walk past them or happen to sit next to them. But there is a fragrance that is just right. Not too weak, not too strong, not too sweet, not too macho… It’s the fragrance, the aroma that believers wear. That scent causes other believers to be encouraged as they see you as the conqueror that you are. Unbelievers are reminded of the dead end road on which they travel.
Sometimes we are so preoccupied thinking about what to say, how to say it, and how to react that we are not aware of the fact that when we simply allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in each situation, we are guaranteed to be triumphant. We are guaranteed to be victorious. We are guaranteed to come out on top. Because we know Him, we don’t have to react as the world would react in any situation. When the character of God exudes from us, when our actions and words line up with the guidelines in the Word of God, we provide an opportunity for others to see the glory of God shining through. People are looking for answers and we have them. Everywhere we go, we should make a difference. You know how a person’s cologne or perfume will still linger after they’ve exited the room? The fragrance of Christ that we wear as believers should leave a lasting impression as well.
Be encouraged and challenged at the same time, knowing that the victory is yours regardless of what it looks like. We have the promise that God always causes us to triumph. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged or distracted when trouble arises and unbelievers tend to react negatively towards you. There’s a smell, a fragrance, an aroma, a scent that they sense and it quite frankly does not agree with them in their present state. When your actions and reactions are not those that allow your flesh to take a stand, but allow Christ to be magnified, you make a loud statement to them. Your firm stance on the Word and your determination to walk in the love of the Lord will cause that fragrance of the knowledge of Him to permeate the atmosphere and leave them something to think about and ponder long after you have left the room or the situation.
What is that fragrance you’re wearing? I believe you smell like a winner!
Prayer: Father, I thank you that I’m covered in your fragrance. Help me to remember that I’m always triumphant in you and through those triumphs believers are encouraged and nonbelievers are made aware of what is missing in their lives. I commit to be the witness you are looking for in this day and time. Amen.
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