Thursday, April 5, 2018

Proverbs 27:5-6, 9 NIV 2011

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.

 

Proverbs is a collection of words authored by King Solomon and other wise men. They described the importance of fearing the Lord by living wisely. The push and pull of God’s faithful in Israel was evident to each of the authors. Paul made the same observation, penning his words to the church at Galatia. Galatians 2:14a, “When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, ‘You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.’” God’s people are guided by His standard. The Lord’s anointing allows the fragrance of Christ to permeate their lives.

 

Ephesians 4:15, “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” This verse is a go-to verse when I feel I’m slipping down a slipper slope towards sinful behavior. Paul never pulls any punches. The Lord has a way of rebuking me gently, bringing me back into right thinking and actions. He points me toward Him. I desire to be the fragrance of Christ.

 

What fragrance are others receiving today?

 

Daily sharing Christ’s fragrance,

S

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