This is the fourth week of Advent. Each week four prior to Christmas, we pause in remembrance of the birth of our Savior. In some households a candle is lit in recognition of each of the Advent themes. This week, we light the candle of LOVE.
I am addicted to holiday smells. I stop in my tracks when I smell peppermint mocha steam rising from a hot mug, evergreen and balsam wafting from trees and wreaths or glorious cinnamon floating forth from everything from scented décor arrangements to baked goods. No matter where I am, a friend’s home, bakery or store, I will stop, close my eyes and take a long breath. Knowing my weakness, I try to avoid entering a store with a candle display this time of year…I have been known to over sniff.
These seasonal aromas can lift my spirits on the worst of days. They remind me of family, friends, special times and tasty treats. Every sniff fills my heart with warmth, comfort and calmness. You see, I get it. I GET the impact of a fragrant aroma like the one mentioned in Ephesians 4:32- 5:1 & 2
“…be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ has loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
God loved us so much He sent His Son so that we would have a way to Him. Christ’s love was on full display as He gave up His life so we may know forgivness for our sin. This sacrificial love was a fragrant aroma to our God.
As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ…”For God so LOVED the world, that He gave his only Son”, let us also be mindful of the example of LOVE He showed us. Let us strive to be a FRAGRANT AROMA.
“Lord, help me to walk in love, to love others as I have been loved by You. Lord may my life be a fragrant aroma to you, help me not to stink!” Amen