2 Corinthians 2:16 The Aroma Of Death And Life

To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 2 Corinthians 2:16

Most everything gives off some type of aroma. Some of these aromas can be very pleasant smelling, such as with a bouquet of flowers, fresh rain, or a fresh baked pie. Others aromas can be extremely unpleasant, such as the smell of a skunk’s spray, limburger cheese, or decaying food.

The different types of aromas can attract people closer, or push people away. People often use many types of deodorants to change or cover up the aroma around them.

Describing the believers, Paul says that they are an aroma of death to some and aroma of life to others.

Every believer has the aroma of Christ emanating from them as they go through their days. Those who are rejecting Christ or God, will find that the smell of a believer is revolting. It appears as though the believer is bringing about death.

The aroma of Christ is one that does reveal and bring about death. It reveals that one who is living in sin, is dying or already dead. It brings about a conviction of the heart.

One the other side of the picture, the aroma of Christ is one of life. Those who have chosen to believe in Jesus, repent of their sins and follow Him, smell Him as the aroma of life. At the same time, Jesus brings the aroma of death–death to sin and self. This is a very pleasing aroma to the believer.

Every believer will carry those aromas around with them wherever he goes. To some, the believer will be revolting and a smell of death. He will go against the evil ways of this world. To others, he will be a life giving aroma, following the ways of God.

Each day you walk about, you give off some type of aroma. Depending upon how you are living your life will depend upon the aroma given. Living in sin will always bring the aroma of putrid death and decay. Living for God will always be one of life.

Not every person you meet will enjoy the aroma you bring as a believer in Jesus. They will hate it and run from you. However, others will smell the aroma of life and be attracted.

Allow yourself to be the aroma of Christ, being the life to a believer and death to the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bring the gospel message of Jesus to this world; that you will bring true life to those who are dead; and that you will be the aroma of Jesus to the lost and saved.

Psalm 133:1 Living In Unity

Men standing together

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1 

Living in unity is something that is not very common. Everyone has their own agenda and goals in life. Each person has their own thoughts as to how things should be.

In the process of having their own thoughts on how things should be, many will fight against anyone who does not agree with them. Most people want everyone to agree with them on everything, or else the other person is wrong.

Disunity comes as a result of selfishness. Each person wants his own way in whatever is being discussed. Families, communities, cities, nations often work and live in disunity. Everyone disagreeing with everyone else.

David knew the value of living in unity. He saw the dangers and struggles that could occur when there was disunity. When people lived in unity it was always a good thing to occur.

Just as it is common to see disunity in the world, it also occurs among believers. There are many who believe that having different beliefs is automatically disunity. This is not necessarily true.

God can guide each and every person on different paths in life and not have disunity. The unity is found in everyone worships God, everyone strives to be like Jesus, and everyone works at building God’s kingdom.

The manner in which these things are carried out may look differently from person to person. One may worship standing up, while the other does it sitting down. This is not disunity, but just differences in manner. The unity is still found in worshipping God.

One should not argue, fight or look down on the other because he does it differently. Focus on God and His kingdom, not the little petty things. People need to agree to disagree on how things can be done, but not to fight about, but be in unity despite it.

There will be things that others do that you do not fully agree with. Do not allow those things to get in the way of worshipping God and building His kingdom with them. Strive to live in unity with them with all the differences.

God is a great God and has allowed many ways to do many different things. The only thing that is only one way is salvation, which is by faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Are you living in unity with other believers? Or are you fighting fellow believers?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in living for Him; that you will have God’s grace with those who do things differently; and that God will strengthen you to live in unity with others.


Psalm 133:1 Living In Unity

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Most people in the world are living at odds with each other. Each person wants to do things his own way. Each person wants to have everything work out in the way that works best for himself.

When this way of living occurs, there comes discord and fighting. No one is looking out for the other person, but his own personal interest.

The church often has the same problem as the world does. Each person in the church is trying to have everything run his own way. This creates disunity and discord also.

Think about a car engine and how it runs. If each piston chose to run on its own timing, the engine would not run at all. They have to run together in order for the car to run correctly and do its job.

Living together in unity brings about peace and strength. God is not a god of division but of love and peace and unity.  Remember that although He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, God is still One in unity.

The only people who can truly call themselves Christian, are those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the atonement of their sins. Any person who does believe this, becomes a member of God’s family and should live in unity with all others who believe with him.

There may be many differences between the way different believers worship, pray, preach, witness, and live life, but everyone has the belief in Jesus. That is the only thing that affects salvation directly. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus.

As believers begin to live in unity with the focus on Jesus and not on all the little side petty details, there will be peace and unity.

As a believer, strive to live in unity with all other believers. There will be believers who get into heaven from every denomination from around the world, you will not be the only one in heaven, otherwise it would be very lonely there.

It is good when people in unity and keep from fighting each other.

How are you working at keeping unity with other believers in your church?



I pray today that you will live with God at the center of your life; that you will love others as God loves them; that you will live in the unity of God with others; that you will know the peace of unity with other believers.