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Becoming A Pleasant Aroma

And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)

I don’t know about you, but I like to people watch.  It can be at an outdoor shopping center, an airport, or just about anywhere.  I don’t know why I enjoy it so much; maybe it all started when I went to the zoo as a kid and observed the way the animals interacted with each other.  The mannerisms of people intrigue me, and I actually think you can learn a lot about people by just observing them.  

Such was the case when I was eating at a restaurant last week.   I observed a man and woman sitting in a booth opposite of each other and eating together.  They didn’t interact with each other whatsoever, and in fact, they looked as though they were not enjoying each other’s company at all.  Content to give all of their attention to their food, it made me think of the cows in a dairy farm when they have their heads shoved through the metal bars separating them from the hay.  

A few booths away I observed an elderly couple eating.  This particular couple was seated on the same side of the booth and they were sharing a plate of food.  They would look each other in the eyes and smile as they enjoyed their time together.  It was an obvious difference between the two couples.  Now in fairness, there could have been some issues the one couple was working through, but I have found there are people all around us whose countenance and attitudes are downcast or downright grumpy.  And I believe we have a great opportunity to be a blessing to them. 

In the Book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul opens chapter 5 by telling Christians everywhere to imitate God, and then he goes on to define what this looks like in the following verses.  The very first example he gives for imitating God is for us to walk in love, just as Jesus did, because as we do we become a sweet smelling aroma to God (Eph. 5:1-2). 

As I think about this biblical principle I am encouraged to remember there are others who are looking at us in our Christian walk as well.  I want to be a sweet aroma unto my Lord with my actions, and I find I can do this when I am continually giving Him my heart and observing the way He chose to treat others. 

My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways. Proverbs 23:26 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 23:26, what can we do to ensure we are a sweet aroma unto God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is it your desire to be a sweet smelling aroma unto the Lord?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to walk in love so others will be blessed by our actions and heart to please God.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for showing us how to live, and for giving us Jesus as an example.   Help us to walk in love today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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