What’s that Smell?

african-bush-squirrel-1580058_1920The sense of smell can be a beautiful thing. With it we experience the pleasure of tasty food.

The smell of lavender envelopes me with peace, and honeysuckle floods my heart with joy. What are your favorite smells? How does a “favorite aroma” make you feel? What are some of the ways you make your living environment pleasant to the senses?

Can you imagine our lives without the sense of smell? Or maybe you don’t imagine; perhaps it is your reality.

Some smells create a memory. My husband said that honeysuckle “transports him back to his youth when school was out and summer was just beginning.”

But some smells can be a bad thing. Perfume, for example, is a pleasing scent for many, but for my friend, Jan, she becomes “massively sick” to the fragrance of perfume, soap, candles, and other synthetic smells, including household cleaners.

The stench of something rotten in a garbage can also be nauseating.

What smells make you want to run the other way?

Whether we use our sense of smell or not, we all emit an odor.

2 Cor. 2:14 tells us, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”

We are a fragrance—a pleasing aroma to God. The more we become like Christ, we become the fragrance of new life.

The gospel message is like incense diffused everywhere. Those who live for Christ share the gospel and radiate His love. This lovely fragrance rises up to God. Those who reject Christ, reject the fragrance and the result is death. But these who receive the gospel become the fragrance of life.

What needs to “die” in our life so that we will “live” a life-giving aroma to those around us?

When people get a whiff, is the “scent” we exude nauseating or uplifting?

Today, let’s ask God to help us be a sweet smelling aroma to others.


Debbie is a published author, national speaker and workshop presenter, and a partner with the Polished Conference Ministries L.L.C. She facilitates an online Bible study page on Facebook, teaches Bible study in her church, and blogs at Shining Together! Debbie has written Shine! Radiating the Love of God, a Bible study designed exclusively for young women ages 13-18. Additionally, she has articles in the Divine Moments series, and is a monthly contributor to Refined Magazine. All books are available at grace-publishing.com. She would love to speak at your next women’s event, teen event, or at the college where she brings an inspirational message to teachers in training called, “A Christian Perspective for an Inspirational Classroom.” Debbie is married and has three adult children. She travels from Asheville, NC. Visit her website at www.debbiepresnell.com, email her at: debpres@yahoo.com, or visit her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShineEveryDayNC.





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