Marion Stroud: Which of the five senses brings back your memories most sharply?
For me it is definitely the sense...
of smell. A certain kind of sun oil takes me instantly to a French beach. The smell of chicken mash brings back childhood visits to my grandmother.
A hint of pine says "Christmas," and a certain kind of aftershave reminds me of my son's teenage years.
Paul reminded the Corinthians that they were the aroma of Christ:
"For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ"
(2 Cor. 2:15).
He may have been referring to Roman victory parades. The Romans made sure everyone knew they had been the victors, the aroma was pleasing; for the prisoners it meant certain slavery or death.
So as believers, we are victorious soldiers. And when the gospel of Christ is preached, it is a pleasing fragrance to God.
As the aroma of Christ, what perfumes do Christians bring with them as they walk into a room?
It's not something that can be bought in a bottle or a jar. When we spend a lot of time with someone, we begin to think and act like that person.
Spending time with Jesus will help us spread a pleasing fragrance to those around us. Marion Stroud
"Lord, please shape my thoughts and actions
so people may sense that I have been with You.
When we walk with God, people will notice."