The Aroma of Christmas

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For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.                         2 Corinthians 2:15

What does Christmas smell like to you? Candles are popular accessories in homes this time of year, since the sense of smell helps create such strong, warm memories. Candles and burners come in delicious scents, like gingerbread, pine tree, pumpkin spice and apple. One large candle company even sells a candle called “Christmas Eve,” which is supposed to smell like candied fruit. It’s good enough to eat!

 Nothing about God’s creation is accidental. He designed our bodies so the sense of smell would be linked to our memories. Perhaps that is why Paul used the phrase “the aroma of Christ” to tell us that we are to be like a comforting scent in the memories of those we encounter.

Paul told the Corinthians that God uses believers to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ everywhere. Then, in his very next sentence, he said that we are the aroma of Christ to God. In other words, we should always smell like Christ, leaving trances of His peace, His joy, and His grace. Have you ever known someone whose lovely scent lingers long after he or she has left the room? When we leave someone’s presence, it should be Christ’s scent that lingers; the essence of His holiness and love.

Let;s be intentional about the spiritual scent we leave behind. People will remember it. If we are to do everything as unto the Lord, everything we do should include the fragrance of Christ and reflect well on Him. Our interactions with others should give off a sweet aroma. And when God draws near us and takes a deep breath, live in such a way that He is filled with the scent of His Son. Let’s share the aroma of Christmas.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends


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