Smell of Death or Life?

October 12, 2015

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.

2 Corinthians 2:16 (NLT)


I love to smell bath towels. Let me clarify. I love the way clothes smell after they've been washed and hang on the line to dry. They have a wonderful scent that only comes from being hung outdoors.


One time, many years ago I had the clothes on the line to dry. Only in this instance they smelled awful once they were brought inside. In fact they were so bad I had to rewash them and dry them in the dryer.


What made the difference? A local farmer decided to spread manure on his fields and the blowing 'scent' clung to the clothes.


It makes me wonder what kind of 'scent' or 'smell' do I have when I'm around others? Is it evident I've been with the Lord and have a 'life-giving perfume'? Or when I choose to linger in bitterness and disappointments do I bring along the 'dreadful smell of death and doom'?


My prayer is to have the 'life-giving perfume'. I don't want the stink of manure lingering on me. How about you. Are you enveloped in stench or perfume? What do you need to do to be more sweet-smelling?


Each day and moment is new. It's never too late to make a change in your life to be more like your Savior. 


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