The Fragrance of Love

But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume. As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us. To those who are not being saved, we seem a fearful smell of death and doom, while to those who know Christ we are a life-giving perfume. But who is adequate for such a task as this? Only those who, like ourselves, are men of integrity, sent by God, speaking with Christ's power, with God's eye upon us... 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (TLB)

Jill Allen Maisch is from Maryland. "Raise your hand when you can smell it," Jill told her science students at the beginning of an activity to help them experience the concept of diffusion. Jill stood at the front of the classroom and sprayed floral-scented air freshener into the air. Hands of the students at the nearest lab table shot up immediately. Then, by watching the pattern of raised hands, they were able to see how the scent diffused into the air from the front of the room to the back. Eventually all students indicated that they smelled the fragrance.

Today's scripture reading reminds us that we are called to be the fragrance of Christ's love for others, as "persons sent from God and standing in his presence."

Just as the scent of the air freshener diffused away from where Jill prayed it, the aroma of God's love spreads outward each time we serve others in the name of Jesus Christ. Offering a word of encouragement, providing a listening ear, or spending time with someone in need of support are just a few of the ways we can offer God's love to others and inspire them to spread that love in their corner of the world.

Today let's look for ways to be the fragrance of Christ in a world that needs to know and experience God's love!

Prayer: O God, because we are blessed by your love, we want to share it with everyone we meet today. strengthen us in our work for you, in Jesus' name, amen.

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