Fragrance or Stench?

2 Corinthians 2:14: “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”

Do you spread a fragrance or a stench? When we are God’s children, “[He] always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.”

Verse 15 tells us, “We are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” That aroma is gentle and compassionate. The aroma of Christ looks for common ground rather than attack like a bulldog. Later the aroma of Christ explains differences.

In verse 17, the Bible says, “We speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” When we talk with unbelievers, we need to remember we are speaking “before God.” He is listening. That phrase, “with sincerity,” doesn’t allow for hypocrisy or wavering. We have a sacred trust because we are “sent from God.” How often do we keep in mind that God sent us?

What happens if we don’t allow God to lead us, and we go our own way? We become obnoxious to the non-Christian. We do not reflect God’s love. We are judgmental and self-righteous and ruin our reputation with the unbeliever.

If we spread a stench, why would the unbeliever want to be a Christian? If we are obnoxious, what can we offer the unbeliever? If we lack love, how can the unbeliever know God’s unconditional and eternal love?

When we allow God to lead us, we will walk in “triumphal procession in Christ.” I’d rather triumph than fail any day. Wouldn’t you?

Dear God, help me allow you to lead me in triumphal procession in Christ. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ?

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