I love the smell of flowers but dead flowers do not inspire my heart to sing. God loves all of His creation, but He hates the stench of sin. He made it possible for us to smell good again. It is our choice to keep our life alive by obeying the Word and by repenting and by turning from our wicked ways.
Fragrance of Life or Death
There is no mistaking the difference, everyone can tell;
Life and death has different smells.
Look around at what you hear, taste, and see;
Are they life-giving things or do they stink?
Gossip may seem a tasty morsel but it brings death.
It has no life-giving promise to expect.
Hurtful words that hang heavy in heart and mind,
Have a terrible scent that is hard to take sometimes.
To God there is an aroma sweet to hear, taste, and see.
His affection is constant for those who His help receives.
Obedience along with honor and respect for others,
Is the perfume of Jesus, your soul-lover.
Jesus is life. He gives life to the lost,
He draws from death to new life at the cross.
There is no mistaking the difference when you come,
The stench of death is replaced by the fragrance of God’s Son.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.