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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Smelly Christians

June 22

(Ephesians 4:1 NIV) "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."

(Ephesians 4:30 NIV) "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

(Ephesians 5:2 NIV) "and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

(Ephesians 5:8-14 NIV) "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light {9} (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) {10} and find out what pleases the Lord. {11} Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. {12} For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. {13} But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, {14} for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.""

Are you a fragrant Christian or a smelly Christian? The word “fragrance” has a much different connotation than the word “odor”. Fragrance is attractive. Odor is usually repulsive. Prolonged and unresolved conflict in the church stinks, and the whole world can smell it. Deodorant won't help in this case. The Lord calls us to maintain unity, and honor God in our relationships because smelly Christians are a turn off. Our power to draw people to Christ is damaged and diminished when the church stinks at relationships. We all have a scent -- so does our church. Is yours attractive or offensive? When people come to your church do they detect the aroma of Christ, or do they smell conflict, bitterness, envy, and critical spirits? Dead bodies stink, and if we don’t honor God in our relationships, we become contributors to a stench that is not pleasing to God. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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