Read: 2 Corinthians 2:14-17
Fragrance is a sweet smelling aroma that diffuses to the surroundings, creating a pleasant feeling. As believers, are we genuinely like a fragrance to people around us? God wants His children to spread the Good News. Paul the apostle took it as his mission to spread the fragrance of God’s gospel wherever he went. To some who heard the Word, it was a sweet smelling aroma and to the others, it was a stench (2 Cor. 2:15). Some accepted the Word and some denied it. Many people try to look closely into the lives of believers and see if they are really genuine, if they are really spreading the fragrance of the gospel or leading a double life. But not all professing Christians spread the fragrance of Christ. Paul accuses the Jews in Rom. 2:24, “God’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” It is sad that sometimes the name of Jesus is blasphemed because Christians stink due to their lack of integrity, evil deeds, and unholy walk.
Spending time with Jesus will help us spread a pleasing fragrance to those around us. People were able to understand that Peter and John were with Jesus even after His death and resurrection, because of the fragrance they spread. When many Christians were persecuted for their faith, they did not retort, but they spread the fragrance of Christ in the midst of being tortured.
We are not to hide that aroma of God’s Word from people, but we must be bold to preach to them in season and out of season. And let our character and behaviour reflect that of Christ. Let people sense the fragrance of Christ in you.