Choose Life – “A Good Stink” – An Uplifting Verse from the OYB reading of the day – August 28

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 2:14    “A Good Stink”

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14   NASB


I preached on this verse years ago in a church I pastored.  I thought it would be cool to illustrate it by having one of the church members spray sweet fragrances around the sanctuary while I was preaching.

Oh, well.  It turned out one of the dearest older ladies in the church was allergic to all the smells.  Boy, did I hear about it!  She thought the sweet fragrances stunk.

Nevertheless . . .  Paul says that all believers have a sweet smell to the Lord.  Notice He doesn’t say that we don’t smell good to God when we sin.  He doesn’t say anything except that we smell good to God.  He always sees us as being “in Christ” (cf. Rom. 8: 1 and many others, “in Christ” was one of Paul’s favorite phrases).

The passage goes on to say that we stink to non-Christians.  That might account for why they move away from us when we get on a bus.  (Of course, there could also be another reason!)

Remember that even when non-believers reject you, you still are a “sweet aroma” to God.


If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

What is your favorite smell?  Is is lavender?  Is it lilies at Easter time?  Coffee in the morning?  Vanilla?  Isn’t it comforting to know that all believers have a good aroma to God?  Try to smell one of your favorite smells today and use that to think about how you smell to God.


The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day.  There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength.

For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Job Verses God

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