By: Donna Lind
HOPE TO COPE
By: Donna Lind
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” - 2 Corinthians 2:15
This was a STINKY week for me!
My dogs got in a fight with a Skunk.
THE SKUNK WON!
I spent hours bathing them in special de-skunk shampoos, rubbing them down with natural essential oils, vinegar, ketchup, and every other concoction I could find a recipe for online.
No matter how much I tried to erase or cover up the Skunk odor, underneath the oils and perfumes, the dogs still STINK like a SKUNK!
AND NOW I STINK TOO SINCE I’VE BEEN AROUND THE DOGS.
The odor transferred onto me.
Everywhere I went this week I apologized to people for smelling like a Skunk.
AS CHRISTIANS WE ARE TO SMELL LIKE THE SWEET AROMA OF CHRIST!
WHAT IF EVERYWHERE WE WENT PEOPLE RECOGNIZED THAT SOMETHING ABOUT US WAS DIFFERENT?
THERE SHOULD BE SOMETHING SO SWEET ABOUT US, IT GIVES OFF A FRAGRANCE OF HOPE AND ENCOURAGEMENT THAT TRANSFERS ONTO OTHERS.
When someone is in an impossible situation, God anoints us to walk into a room and speak life to their hopelessness.
WE ARE SET- APART AND CALLED TO CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE WITH THE SWEET AROMA OF CHRIST.
THAT FRAGRANCE SHOULD LINGER LONG AFTER WE ARE GONE.
“We are an aroma that brings life.”-2 Corinthians 2:16
SIN MAKES US STINK.
SIN BRINGS DEATH.
When we hang around bad company and toxic people who try to drag us into their sins, it is transferable, and we end up stinking too.
No matter how much we try to cover up our stinking sins and filthy habits, we still stink underneath.
WHAT DO YOU SMELL LIKE?
DOES YOUR LIFE, VALUES, ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS SMELL LIKE JESUS CHRIST?
OR DOES YOUR LIFE, VALUES, ATTITUDE AND ACTIONS STINK LIKE A SKUNK?
I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU TODAY!
JESUS LOVES SKUNKS!
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (SKUNKS).” - Romans 5:8
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO COME CLEAN WITH JESUS!
ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN WASH AWAY OUR STINKING SINS AND COVER US WITH HIS SWEET AROMA AND HEAVENLY SCENT!
ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS ASK HIM.
With JESUS there is always HOPE TO COPE,
Donna Lind ❤️