We may not think of it very often, but after every interaction you have with another person you leave something behind. Maybe you’ve experienced it in both pleasant and unpleasant ways. Have you ever felt the sting of unhappiness long after some complaining person has walked away? I’m not sure we realize what we leave behind.
For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. – 2 Corinthians 2:15
One of our conscious thoughts should be that we are an ‘aroma’. Consumers spend billions of dollars a year in the fragrance industry to have a pleasing aroma. Christians, let’s try to be aware that we are to be the ‘fragrance of Christ’. What are you leaving behind that will influence the hearts and minds of people in your path?
To some we are an aroma of death leading to death, but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. And who is competent for this? – 2 Corinthians 2:16
Life or death … sounds serious to me. In some ways we can’t control how others will receive us. Perhaps with great motives and hearts we might still leave behind someone who is perplexed or bothered by us. We can’t do anything about that. But what about the things we can pay attention to … the things we can purposefully use to bring a blessing?
…We speak with sincerity in Christ, as from God and before God. – 2 Corinthians 2:17
“We speak” – so much of what we leave behind has to do with our words.
“With sincerity” – what we leave behind can relate to our true motives and heart of love for the other person(s).
“In Christ” – Is the scent left in the air one that reminds others of Christ?
“As from God and before God.” – All of our lives are lived in the presence of our God.
Have words of anger left behind a bitter scent?
Has an attitude of arrogance or superiority soured someone on your witness for Christ?
Has gossip brought about a doubt of the kind of friendship you offer?
Has a double mind caused people to wonder why you act one way in front of some friends, another way in front of other friends?
~ Or ~
When you walk away is someone feeling encouraged and accepted?
When you leave the room, does the presence of Christ remain, enlightening hearts ?
Has a sincere and selfless concern wrapped someone in warmth and the knowledge of being genuinely cared for?
And who is competent for this? … Indeed! Let us ask God to help us be the one who brings a beautiful fragrance of His grace and mercy with us wherever we go. It may begin with a smile.
Thanks for reading,
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