Sitting in the early morning darkness, I try to sort through thoughts and emotions of the recent events which have unfolded in our country. There is no way to express the sadness for there are no words to adequately describe it all.
Walking back into the kitchen to pour a second cup of coffee, I see the bag, a Christmas gift of homemade potpourri, and decide today is the day to use it.
Emptying the contents into a pot, filling it with water, and turning it on to simmer, I wonder if the aroma will be as wonderful as last year.
Picking up my now full mug, I head back to the couch to read:
“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? For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.”
(2 Corinthians 2:15-17, NASB)
I’ve read the familiar verses many times, in varied Bibles, but this time I took note of the different words which Paul used. Why?
“Aroma”, a noun, as defined in dictionary.com is “an odor arising from spices, plants, cooking, etc., especially an agreeable odor”.
“Fragrance” is a noun and is defined as “a sweet or pleasing scent” (also dictionary.com).
The difference between the two is very subtle.
I hope you will join me at Woman to Woman Ministries HERE as we look at what it means to be the fragrance of Christ.