Once upon a time, I was told that I stink.
It was humiliating, to say the least.
You see, I knew I didn’t.
I had showered.
I had on clean clothes.
I was freshly sprayed with my favorite perfume.
But, to this person, I stunk.
And the memory of being told such a thing still bites.
Well, please forgive me if reading this post bites you…
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God uses us in the world to spread the Truth about Christ:
Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.
When we teach the Truth we smell goooooooood. But, not everyone appreciates this perfume. In some nostrils, it’s more like death:
But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.
To some, our teaching is malodorous.
To others, it is life-giving.
If the words you teach are true, faithful, loving, just, and gracious…
…you can know you are spraying sweet perfume throughout the world.
Even if someone tells you, you stink.
It might just be they don’t recognize words of life.
How can you tell the difference?
How do you know if your words about Christ smell good?
Or if you’re just stinking up the atmosphere?
And who is adequate for such a task as this?
You see, we are not like the many huckster who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.
What’s the motivation?
When you speak, are you speaking for yourself?
Are you trying to manipulate with your words?
Is it for your own gain?
Is it all about you?
Remember, God is watching.
He knows if you are sincere.
He knows if you are speaking with His Son’s authority.
What kind of perfume are you spraying?
(scriptures taken from 2 Corinthians 2)