Ephesians 5:2 — Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God (NLT).
What’s the nastiest odor you’ve ever smelled? When was the last time you smelled it? Where were you? What caused the odor? Got it yet? Have you ever smelled something so bad you could taste it? I know I have. I’m not going to go into details (you can thank me later), but I’ve smelled some dreadful odors before.
Jesus loves us, and He offered Himself as a sacrifice for us. Paul called His sacrifice a pleasing aroma to God. Now ask yourself this question, “What must I smell like to God?” I can’t answer the question for you, but I will tell you this: If you don’t live a life filled with love, following the example of Jesus Christ, you don’t smell very good. In fact, you probably cause Him to turn His nose up.
Maybe you’ve come to the conclusion today you’re not putting off a pleasing aroma to God. I want to encourage you to live a life full of love. Many Christians live their lives with the love tank half empty. Their love for others is partial when it should be impartial. When you purpose to imitate Christ’s character, He will give you the ability to love unconditionally. Once you’re full of His love, you will start to smell a little better. Your aroma will almost be bearable.
Paul urged us to offer ourselves as holy, living sacrifices to God. Why? Doing so pleases Him (Romans 12:1). What does it mean to offer yourself as a sacrifice to God? It means forfeiting your rights as the “shot-caller” of your life and surrendering those duties to Him. Nobody wants to stink, but so many Christians do. If you’re one of them, learn to love and offer yourself as a living sacrifice to Him.
2 Corinthians 2:15 — For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (NASB).
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