How often have you smelled a perfume or cologne & it reminds you of someone you know?Or maybe you played sports & when you smell a certain soap it brings back those memories from showering off the workout / practice sweat.
In the same way, we can leave a lingering smell / residue in our interactions with people. To this end, think about the people who leave a “bad taste in your mouth” & how you might try avoiding them. On the other side, think about those people with whom you interact & you find yourself smiling, cozy on the inside & wanting more interaction.
I would propose that genuine love is what all of us want & the exchanges that have genuine love leave a healthy & desirable residue. With Jesus’ help, let’s aim to leave a sweet smell from our people interactions!
“Did you put on deodorant today???” Sometimes a family member will ask me this poignant question & it arrests my attention. I stop to think, “Why are they asking me this?” And then instinctively I take a whiff to check & quickly inventory my morning routine. Body odor in America can be highly offensive, regardless of the reasons that might “justify” the aroma 🙂
And our body odor is a reflection of our daily hygiene habits, what we put into our bodies, what activities we do and the environments where we spend time. I think all of these are relevant to thinking about spreading the fragrance of Jesus wherever we go, as Paul talks about in 2Cor 2:15. So here are some things to think about, that can help us make Jesus smell good to those around us:
daily hygiene: this can be a helpful parallel to our daily quiet time with Jesus (Bible & prayer time help to ground our thoughts, emotions and perspective)
inputs: in Col 3:16 Paul tells us to let God’s Word dwell richly in our hearts; garbage in = garbage out; glory in = glory out 🙂
activities: when I practice genuine love and not just talk about it, then it becomes more natural and helps me remember that love is my endgame because of John 13:35
environment: being around genuine love (letting God love us), helps us to spread the fragrance & value of genuine love throughout any given day
Being around Jesus’ love helps us spread His fragrance 🙂