One of the things that reminds me that our bodies and our flesh are temporary is when we stink. As good as you may smell right now, think of the effort we as humans have to put into avoiding smelling bad.
We have to bathe regularly…
Brush and floss our teeth…
Shampoo our hair…
We as humans have to work at smelling good. Whether we admit it or not, we all smell bad sometimes.
Sometimes if we have been working hard…been sick…or whatever, we can begin to smell unpleasant…YOU STINK.
Have you ever been in need of ‘freshening up’ and were actually able to smell yourself?
You may have raised up your arm, caught a whiff of your own breath…or whatever and said to yourself , “Wow! I stink!”
What’s interesting is that if you don’t get an opportunity to bathe soon, you won’t notice the odor anymore…you’ve gotten used to your own stench.
BUT, even though you CAN’T smell it, everyone else still CAN.
Our sin STINKS to God.
Isaiah 65:5 (NLT)
5 Yet they say to each other,
‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me!
I am holier than you!’
These people are a stench in my nostrils,
an acrid smell that never goes away.
Just as we all have to work to avoid smelling bad, we have to all work to avoid sinning.
Just as our bodies can smell bad, our spirits ‘smell bad’ when they are consumed with the works of the flesh, or sin…
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
If we aren’t careful, we can become complacent in sin…bad habits…bad attitudes…inappropriate lifestyles…behavior that’s displeasing to God.
We can become complacent and comfortable to the point that we begin excusing, justifying or ignoring where we are wrong…
WE CAN’T SMELL OURSELVES STINK ANYMORE…
But others can still smell us…
AND, God can still smell us!
Have you ever gotten caught up in sin to the point that you began to…
Become comfortable in it?
Tell yourself, “It doesn’t matter anymore”?
Feel you couldn’t come back from it?
Say to yourself, “Why try to do better?
YOU COULDN’T SMELL YOURSELF STINK ANYMORE!
The bible tells us to cleanse ourselves of what defiles our body and spirit…
2 Corinthians 7:1 (NKJV)
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
We have to recognize what IS sin…by reading God’s word from His perspective.
We have to acknowledge our sin…admit to ourselves that we are hurting God.
We have to regret our sin…if we are still proud of what we’ve done there is no forgiveness.
We have to repent of our sin…we have to ‘turn around’ and not put ourselves in situations to be tempted by our weaknesses.
Even though sin stinks to God, He has made it clear to us what makes us ‘smell good’ Him…
ACCEPTING HIS SON, THE LIVING WORD, AS OUR RISEN SAVIOR…
2 Corinthians 2:15 (NKJV)
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
WASHING OURSELVES IN HIS WORD…
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
WALK IN LOVE…
(Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 to learn how love behaves)
Ephesians 5:2 (NKJV)
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
WALKING DAILY IN THE FRUIT OF HIS SPIRIT
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Remember…we have to work to avoid smelling bad…EVERY DAY!
Put effort into making sure your spirit smells good to God…EVERY DAY!
Don’t get to the point that you can’t smell yourself stink anymore.