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2 Corinthians 2:12-17

A couple days ago I was reading in 2 Corinthians and these two verses jumped off the page at me. "But thanks be to God, who ... through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing" (2 Cor. 12:14-15). I'm a firm believer that telling others about Christ is a MUST for all of us. So reading how I am a fragrance and aroma of Christ gave me a boost to get out there in a renewed way.

Take a couple of minutes and think about what being an aroma of Christ could or should look like. Now, what do you need to do to make it a reality this week? Tami W.

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An aroma of Christ must start with a clean heart, a clean mind, and clean hands. That daily (or several times daily) bath/shower is a MUST. Clean, neatly pressed clothes helps with the image also. Giving a warm smile, a kind word, and a helping hand goes a long way in the positive direction. How we present ourselves, as we live out the Gospel in a hurting world, makes a huge difference.

Staying true to living the Gospel means we must read and study God's word daily. It's one of the best ways to know what to do and how God wants it done. Being the fragrance of Christ is a daunting and challenging job. We entrusted us with doing this job and we must do it well.

Compassionate , understanding forgiving loving , slow to anger are just a few of the actions of the aroma of Christ. To make it a reality be in constant prayer and in the word.

I don't know about everyone else, but the initial thought that comes to my mind when we talk about aromas is cooking. The aroma of cooking food is something that's pleasing and appealing.

As the ingredients of, say, a pot of spaghetti sauce are first getting dumped in, what you get a mixed bag of individual scents--some stronger, some weaker.

When they blend and begin to meld together through the cooking process, though, their aroma becomes harmonious. You're no longer smelling onion, garlic, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, etc.; you're smelling spaghetti sauce. The aroma is harmonious, while the individual ingredients are still there, adding their distinct flavors and textures to the sauce.

Now, if you like the spaghetti sauce, the aroma is appealing and makes you want a plate! If, on the other hand, you're not fond of the spaghetti sauce, the smell's going to turn you off.

My dad, for example, made a pot with turkey meatballs the other day, and the smell of the meatballs, to him, overpowered the sauce. He couldn't even bring himself to taste any.

It's a good picture, at least in my brain, of what Paul is saying in this passage. When we're living for the Lord and testifying to His goodness, we as the church are, to some, a pleasing aroma. To others, we're a decidedly unpleasing aroma. But, either way, the aroma can't be denied.

I love Brisn's analogy everything we do with love reflects our creator. This week I will show integrity no matter what the task may be in order to be pleasing to God.

I was given peace by this message from Paul. Even though a door was open he was disappointed because Titus wasn't there, so he went on. And God used it for good. I had a door open to me last week to witness to a young woman from Israel. We visited (she was a sales girl) and there was a definate opening to share the gospel, but I was in a hurry and only realized later how I had missed an oportunity. I know God has forgiven me, but I know it was because I was focused on myself and not on God. This week and always I will try to keep my focus on God that I may be of service to Him.

Aroma is a sign of satisfaction on the way.when i meet people am i a solution or am i trouble shooter?

It should look like the fruits of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Patience, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control. God, I am an open vessel, use me for your glory and kingdom. Allow my fragrance to draw people who need to hear from you, May my eyes and ears be open to notice the need. Through the holy spirit I will edify, comfort and exhort(encourage)those you place in my path, in your mighty name I pray, Amen.

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