a sweet fragrance

While walking this afternoon, I spotted a lilac bush. At first I smelled something extremely sweet. What was that smell? I recognized the smell when I saw the delicately formed purplish blossoms and recalled my Mom’s lilac bushes. I walked across the street into the neighbor’s yard and put my nose right up to the flowers. I just love that smell! Sweet, aromatic — not too strong, but just the right amount of fragrance. I wanted to remain there and continue to drink in the sweet fragrance until I was saturated to capacity.

In the second book of Corinthians, we are reminded that “we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” I wonder just how good I smell to others. Do my actions match my words? Do others desire to be around me and can’t get enough of my presence? Just how pleased is God with my innermost thoughts?

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 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 2:15–16.

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