What Do You Smell Like?

What Do You Smell Like?

Posted on 02. Aug, 2009 by in Re-Imaging Church

We have all experienced this: we can tell when a certain person is about to enter our space because we smell their cologne or perfume before they arrive. I know, you are probably thinking about someone right now (maybe recalling their fragrance). It seems in our lives, this fragrance becomes identified with this particular individual.

This makes me wonder, how do I smell? No I do not mean my cologne (in fact, I have had many compliments on my cologne). Paul tells us “we are the sweet fragrance of Christ,” that is evident in the lives of those around us, both “saved” and those “perishing.” We have a spiritual perfume or cologne that is noticed by those around us.

I remember, years ago, we were traveling through Tennessee and we stopped at a rest area by the Tennessee River. When we opened our car doors, immediately we were engulfed by this sweet aroma of the blooming lilac bushes. This fragrance permeated the entire rest area; there was nowhere you could go that it was not noticeable. It was such a wonderful, almost fairy tale like, place. It was hard to not want to sit, relax and just breathe in the wonderful aroma.

How do we smell to this world? Is my spiritual fragrance one that when individuals come near me, they immediately inhale the fragrance of Jesus? Does my attitude and actions permeate my environment with the sweet smell of grace, mercy and compassion? Do I create for them an almost unbelievable place, which they want to stop, relax and breathe in something that is so unlike this world?

Yes, maybe I need to go and check my spiritual cologne today.

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6 Responses to “What Do You Smell Like?”

  1. Earrings

    02. Aug, 2009

    Good article, lots of intersting things to digest. Very informative

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  2. Cornelius

    03. Aug, 2009

    Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

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  3. babafisa

    03. Aug, 2009

    i loved the article added to my favourites

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  4. Lynda Allison Doty

    03. Aug, 2009

    My husband is always telling me how fantastic I smell. I will say something like, Honey I haven’t even put on my perfume today. He zeroes in for another whiff. He says, “this is better than any perfume!”
    so maybe what you’re saying here is true. I deeply thank the Lord for it.

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  5. Martin Schmaltz

    03. Aug, 2009

    Lynda – sounds like your hubby is a wise man!

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  6. Chanel 2:38!

    04. Aug, 2009

    Lots and lots of choices regarding fragrances pleasing in this world! This was just realized by my six-year-old granddaughter whose currently prize possessions since a trip to the mall with her mommy have been beaucoup sample cards. It is so urgent that we not be tempted to change our “perfume” to something a little more pleasing to the world than to Jesus! What is pleasingly fragrant to Him, of course, must smell like fire and brimstone to satan and his followers.

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