I recently read a blog post giving an acronym for the word aroma to keep in mind when parenting. It was a great reminder to cover these 5 particular bases when raising your kids, because the aroma of the home will remain in their memory for years to come. You can read that post from M & B at Snippets of Stewarts.
That post prompted a couple of acronyms of my own! It got me thinking about the aroma of my heart and what kind of scent is wafting in the air of my presence.
Here are some identifiers of the aroma of the heart:
Agreeable – Sweet disposition! Proverbs 16:24
Reverence – Submissive spirit! James 4:7
Obedience – Saying “yes Lord”! 1Peter 1:14
Music – Singing praises! Ephesians 5:19
Agape – Sacrificial love! 1Corinthians 13
~Also known as a sweet, Spirit-filled aroma, because I’m walking in obedience to the word of God!
~Galatians 5:22-23~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Argumentative – “Say what?!” “But why?!” “No you didn’t!”
Rude – Short and sour! Snappy and unhappy!
Obstinate – Stubborn pride! Like a mule!
Media – Serious time-waster! Can I get a witness?!
Angry – Seething temper! Everything’s an offense!
The flesh is so stinky! Like the pungent scent of burnt popcorn, scorched in the microwave, causing nostrils to flare, and occupants to flee the space!
~Galatians 5:19-21~ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
What causes the stench of a fleshly aroma?
- Unconfessed sin
- Unrepentant heart
- Uncomfortable life
- Unsettled mind
- Unforgiving spirit
- Unregenerate soul
~Galatians 5:17~ For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
What turns that repelling smell to Spirit-infused, warm and inviting sweetness?
- Revealing Sin
- Requesting help from the Lord
- Reading the bible
- Releasing those who have wronged you from their debts
- Receiving Christ as Savior
~Galatians 5:16~This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
The very first Christian movie I watched after I got saved was Facing the Giants by the Kendrick Brothers. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do! It’s an inspirational football movie, that’s a tad cheesy in some parts, with a bit of stereotypical low-budget acting, but it has a wonderful theme and is very inspiring and heartwarming. It’s about an underdog high school football team, and the spiritual journey their coach goes on that has a ripple effect in his sphere of influence. One of my favorite parts is where Coach Taylor (played by Alex Kendrick) is addressing the team, he says “Your attitude is the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right”. So much truth!! That is just one of many fabulous one-liners in the film! You can see the clip on Youtube here. One of the songs on this movie happens to be Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns, which is where my love for it originated. That song has truly ministered to my heart and I blog about it on my post titled Defeating Your Goliath.
I’ll confess, the aroma of my heart isn’t always pleasant. This leads to contention and strife, and taints my testimony. I have to look for the root cause and change it, so my life can be a sweet smelling aroma to others and to the Lord. Because above all things I want to bring God glory, and an argumentative, rude, obstinate, media-distracted, angry woman certainly does not.
So identify the aroma of your heart, investigate the source of the smell, implement repentance and revive your relationship with the Lord through prayer, confession, bible reading, and praise to sweeten up.
- Which description best fits the aroma of your heart on a daily basis?
- Does the aroma of your heart change from home to church or work or school?
- Do you recognize any of the contributors to the stinky aroma in your own life?
- What are you going to do to correct those?
- Do you have any more tips on how to be a sweet smelling savor unto the Lord?
~Luke 6:45~ A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.