March 29, 2020
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From Aroma of Death to Aroma of Christ
2 Corinthians 2:14-17
When a person looks in a mirror, there is often a distortion blurring their perception because of pride, false humility, upbringing, or hurt feelings. These attitudes result in pushing the believer into a slump leaving them unable to reflect their identity and conduct supplied by Christ. As a result, the believer lives defeated and seems to release an aroma of death more than of Christ. In that downward spiral, everything about life centers around negative emotions more than giving thanks for who they are in Christ. Alternatively, the believer who understands their standing in Christ is ready not only to live for Christ but also to die for Him. Suffering for righteousness never negates the aroma of Christ, but in fact, advances it.
Paul, burdened with despair, struggled against the daily pressure from all churches, especially the Corinthian church. These believers adopted the teaching of the false teachers more than the truthfulness offered by Christ. How was Paul able to transcend his disappointment and express thanks to God? Did he discover a magic pill? No, he knew that as a slave to Christ, he must look beyond his situation and consider life from God’s perspective.