My husband makes fun of me because I shower before I go to the gym for my workout classes. My response–“Would you want to be the person exercising next to me once this stink warms up?” I know, TMI (that stands for “too much information” for those of you who have problems with acronyms like I do), but bear with me, I’m sure you’d agree that some odors are just not good warmed–even “Christian” odors.
Interestingly, it’s not others we should be concerned about, regarding our ‘odor’ that is, it’s God. When I look at this doodle from last year I am still struck by the idea that even though we may be permeating love, joy, peace, patience . . . we can still be offensive to some. Like the verse says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” I know I’m not adequate to judge these things!
Sadly, this verse indicates that we will offend some–kill them off even. As humans with human reasoning we tend to think that if we are doing things right we can be all things to all people. Newsflash–we can’t be–even Jesus was an offense to many. In short, don’t worry about others, be faithful to your relationship with God and let Him take care of the casualties. (Side-note: Writing this goes against every part of my being, mainly because some “Christians” don’t permeate with “love, joy, peace . . .” but are just plain “warriors for Christ” and stink even to other Christians as well as God. So, my disclaimer here is this–be showered in the Holy Spirit before you exercise your faith–smell good to God.)