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Becoming A Sweet-Smelling Aroma
10/22/2015

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 we can learn a lot about people by just observing them.  

For example, one particular time while I was eating at a restaurant I observed a man and woman eating their meal—they were sitting in a booth opposite of each other.  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, totally focused on their food.  

In complete contrast to this I observed another elderly man and woman enjoying their meal just a few booths away.  I remember how they were seated on the same side of the booth, and how they were sharing a plate of food—it made me think of a couple sharing on their first date.  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. 

Perhaps there could have been some personal issues the first couple was working through, or they were simply not feeling well, but this was not an isolated case at all, as I seem to see many people whose countenance and attitude tend to be downcast or downright grumpy.  And herein lies my point—I believe we have a great opportunity to be a blessing to them. 

In the book of Ephesians the Apostle Paul opens chapter five by telling Christian’s 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 need to experience and feel the love of God 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, so that I may do the same.   

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

I want to encourage you to think and pray about these things today.  Show love to the people that you encounter today.  Take time to invest into them, and be a blessing to them.  Do it as if you were doing it unto Jesus, because you will be, and you will be a sweet-smelling aroma to Him as well. 

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to walk in love so others will be blessed by your actions and your heart to please God.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for showing me how to live, and for giving me Jesus as an example.   Help me to walk in love today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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