A Delectable Aroma

Lent: Day 31 – The smell of certain foods are so delectable to us that we are drawn towards it, to the point of desiring the taste simply for the pleasure it provides our tastes buds. Sweet baked goods are like that for me. The smell of a pound cake is usually enough for me to want to wait for, so that I can have a slice while it is still warm. We can have a similar kind of attraction to the “aroma” of possibilities and opportunities that life has to offer until we realize their initial attraction soon becomes an empty possibility with no foundation and no real hope. With the exception of God’s Word, Love, and Presence everything is temporary. The aroma we get from God is not only pleasurable it is sustainable by our presence and love that we show one another as children of God. It is important for us to know that God is eternally attracted to his own creation. God first loved us (1 John 4:19), and from our innocence as children through the imperfectness of our knowledge of him; his love for us gives him joy (Psalm 149:4). God’s love for us is our hope that we too will know the glory of Christ resurrection.  We can’t get that with cake or empty possibilities, which is why when we eat cake that we don’t like or it affects our health, we stop eating it or cut back. When opportunities in various relationships become a burden we let them go. The good news is that God never lets us go. As we become who God wants us to be, we strive for that delectable “aroma” that emanates from Christ to be the same aroma that goes forth through us for which others will take delight and be eternally drawn. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)! Thank you Linda T.

2 Corinthians 2:14-3:6 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing…

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