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Verse 16: “To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

In Holman New Testament Commentary I and II Corinthians (copyright 2000 by Broadman & Holman Publishers) on page 312, the author, Richard L. Pratt, Jr., shared a story:

“I have a good friend who is a dentist. He once told me: “When a patient has a toothache, I’m his best friend. But when he has no pain and I tell him we have to drill, I’m his worst enemy.” Dentists inflict pain to help us avoid pain. That makes them people to avoid, but it also makes them people to whom we run for help.”

Even though that was a life application from the previous chapter, I thought about the application to today’s verse. To those who have rejected the Gospel of Christ, other Christians, to them, are detested (“aroma of death”). However, to those who have become saved by the grace of Jesus through that same Gospel, fellow Christians are welcomed (“aroma of life”). You know, when we bathe routinely, it’s not uncommon to use perfume, aftershave, or deodorant to smell better or to keep smelling better. We, as human beings, want to be welcomed by others.

My wife and I both snore in our sleep (don’t tell her I told you! :-)). And we have both woken each other up with our snoring! When she had to stay overnight in the hospital after some surgery, I slept on the fold-out couch bed in the room. As you guess, I didn’t fall asleep easily; I listened out to see how my wife was resting. Finally, I heard it…she was snoring! A sound that I used to hate when I’d have to wake her to make her stop was at that moment, as sweet as birdsong to me…it meant she was sleeping ok.

How’s your aroma, today, Christian?

Something to think about.

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verse 14: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”

Ever notice how certain smells can trigger a memory, good or bad, like the snap of fingers? Sometimes, it might not be the exact smell, but one that is close enough to make you recall another time, another place. Sometimes, it’s the smell of homemade rolls that remind me of my grandmother’s house, and all the good times I had there as a child. Sometimes it’s the lingering perfume on a love letter my wife wrote me that has been sealed in a drawer; opening it brings back memories of courtship when I was dating her.

Sometimes the smell of an old building can remind you of days gone by, good or bad, and all the pages of memory stand open again.

The verse above says that we are smells in a way. We as Christians become the mainifestation of “the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” We become reminders to those around us of what Christ has done in our lives, and we can become reminders and inspirations to those around us who need to “smell” that hope. Remember, you might be the only “Jesus” some people see today; let His light shine in you and may you have that “sweet aroma” today.

Have a blessed day!

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