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‘For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing’ (2 Corinthians 2:15 NRSV).
Some perfumes have a lingering evocative scent that leaves the admirer longing for more to enjoy. However, other perfumes, depending on personal taste, are repulsive.
Paul states in this verse that to those who are being saved our Christ focused words leave a lasting, edifying impression. Our words are a deeply satisfying aroma of life itself. However, for those who are perishing, who are walking far from God, Christ’s message to them is a pungent offensive fragrance – even like the smell of death.
When Christians share the gospel, it will be good news to some and foul to others. True believers recognize the life giving power of Christ’s message and respond enthusiastically. However, don’t be surprised if the others hate you when they hear Christ’s message. Jesus himself prepared his disciples for this outcome in John 17:14.
Rejection does not mean we must not persevere. Many may take offense from our words of hope, but we are to still spread the fragrance of Christ whenever and wherever we go leaving a lasting impression of the knowledge of Him.
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