For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 2 Corinthians 2:15
An aroma is a smell that something gives off. The smell can be something good or bad, depending on who is smelling it and what that person likes or dislikes.
Every person has memories of some aroma that they have smelled at some point. Some of those were good and some were very bad. If anyone has smelled the smell of a skunk spray, it is usually seen as an extremely bad smell. Smelling a baby’s dirty diaper is a bad smell.
While smelling some perfumes can be great. Smelling the aroma of a pie baking in the oven is great. Some like the smell of pine needles in a forest.
As one thinks about past smells, he may feel as though he can literally smell that aroma right now, even though there is nothing there to smell.
Paul said that he and the Corinthians were a pleasing aroma Christ to this world.
Looking at some people, they are not always a pleasing aroma. People living in sin can bring about a bad aroma to those near them. They are an aroma of death and decay, with no hope left.
Believers are to be giving off a different aroma. It is an aroma of life and freedom. One that brings about joy and life to the heart at smelling. Just as smelling the favorite dessert or meal brings a smile to a person, so the smell of a believer should bring about a smile to someone else.
The life of a believer should be marked with joy, love, compassion, grace, hope, and mercy. These are things that are a pleasing aroma. They also are the aroma of Jesus. He was all these things and more when He walked on this earth.
As you walk around on this earth, you will be giving off an aroma, and not just the aroma of your body. It is an aroma of life or death, living for God or living for self.
When people walk around you, what will they smell?
Is it the aroma of death, just like most of the world and what they are giving off? This is one of no hope and filled with sin.
Or are you giving off the aroma of life and hope that is found in Jesus?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life for God; that you will give off the aroma of Jesus to those around you; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.