A Sweet Perfume

14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession
and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are
perishing.
16 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?
17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit.
On the contrary, in Christ, we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 NIV

 

The Apostle Paul penned these words as he laboured for the Lord.

Paul travelled extensively preaching the gospel of good news to those whom God opened the door.

He was hardworking and had outstanding success. Thanks be to God for this!

As usual, the Apostle gives all credit to the Lord for his accomplishments.

Paul spoke and people received the message of Christ into their hearts.

As we remember Paul’s past, we can thank God for His grace, which is sufficient in our weaknesses.

God can take the worst of sinners which we all are convert us for His purposes.

As we read 2 Corinthians 2, it explains how Paul, the preachers of this day, and the ordinary citizen who shares the good news can affect believers and non-believers. We become a perfume to others as we speak of Christ.

Matthew Henry explains it like this. “Unto some it is a savour unto death. Those who are willingly ignorant, and willingly obstinate, dis-relish the gospel, as men dislike an ill savour, and therefore they are blinded and hardened by it: it stirs up their corruptions, and exasperates their spirits. They reject the gospel, to their ruin, even to spiritual and eternal death. Unto others the gospel is a savour of life unto life. To the humble and gracious souls, the preaching of the word is most delightful and profitable. As it is sweeter than honey to the taste, so it is more grateful than the most precious odours to the senses, and much more profitable; for as it quickened them at first, when they were dead in trespasses and sins, so it makes them more lively, and will end in eternal life.”

What an excellent explanation of those words in 2 Corinthians 2. It makes perfect sense, too. If you, as I, have tried to share the gospel as a Christian, you know some hearts receive what you say and others are hard as a rock, mocking the good news of saving grace in Jesus Christ. Naturally, we would desire that all people come to repentance and faith.
In 2 Peter 3:9 we read,
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness,
but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to
come to repentance.”

It is just in us to want the entire universe to be saved by God’s grace. The hard truth is not all hearts will receive God’s grace, nor will they want to. Perhaps we are just planting seeds for now. God is the one who makes those seeds grow and come to life. We just water and nurture. But remember, and I will too, that God is patient with us. We need to be patient as well, waiting upon His grace in the lives of those we love and care about.

In the meantime may it be that God’s sweet aroma spreads around us everywhere. That is a lofty ideal and only God can make our words and our example a sweet aroma to those struggling and lost in sin.

Let us spread His delightful fragrance everywhere we go.

May God’s grace assist others in smelling that sweet perfume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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