Did you know that weddings were traditionally held in June because people took their yearly bath in May and didn’t smell too bad? Brides carried flowers to off-set any remaining odors!
The man got the first bath water, then the other sons and men, finally the women, children and babies. Therefore the saying, don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
In North America we’re exactly the opposite. If we occasionally miss that daily shower, we overdose on deodorant and perfume; anything to keep the stink down.
Maybe we overreact. According to Martha it takes four days to really stink. : )
John: 11:39- Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days (KJV).
There’s a different kind of fragrance.
2 Corinthians 2:15- For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which exhales] unto God, [discernible alike] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (AMP).
If we know Jesus as our personal savior, our fragrance drifts into the sniffing area of those around us.
2 Corinthians 2:16-To the latter it is an aroma [wafted] from death to death [a fatal odor, the smell of doom]; to the former it is an aroma from life to life [a vital fragrance, living and fresh]. And who is qualified (fit and sufficient) for these things? [Who is able for such a ministry? We?] (AMP).
Prayer: Lord, help us live so that our lives ‘stinketh’ not but instead waft the fragrance of Christ into the lives of others. Amen.