The aroma is similar to an aura or atmosphere that other people can feel and sense spiritually. The healthier we are makes the atmosphere that surrounds us sweeter. In simpler more practical terms, when we are healthy our words and behaviors are attractive to other people.
2 Corinthians 2:15-16: For we are a fragrance of Christ to God…
As Christians, God wants us to have an attractive fragrance and aroma. The negative emotions that make our aura unattractive can be removed by God’s miraculous healing power. He wants our aroma to smell just like Heaven. He wants people to wonder why we have such an attractive aroma… and then crave it too!
The Holy Spirit living within us allows us to carry the fragrance of Christ and draw others to our heavenly scent. When God heals us, we become an advertisement of God’s power – We show others that healing is possible. Ephesians 1:19 states, “I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you!”
His power, demonstrated through us, shows others that they can get healed from icky emotions that keep them isolated, stuck, and broken.
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Are you wearing the Aroma of Pain or the Aroma of Heaven?
Are you letting God in your heart? Which side of the healing process are you on? Either way, you have a great responsibility to seek God’s wisdom and continual healing.
Aroma of Heaven
In the past, I have sought healing and internal health and shamed others that were not at my ‘level’. But, God showed me those prideful thoughts are pollutants to the aroma of Heaven. Now, he often highlights roots of negativity in my heart… The roots are often the beginning stages of things I have harshly judged in others. The potential for wickedness in my heart is truly horrifying and humbling.
If we are not carrying humility in the gifts God has given us, then we will shame the very people that God wants to invite into his sweetness.
In fact, our job is to simply show God’s power by being an example of his healing power. We are not to judge. EVERYONE has their own journey with God that is different. WE are all constantly being healed from wounds and traumas that we had no idea are there. God knows how each person processes pain and how we got to a helpless place and how to get us out. He loves US all the same.
If you want to keep the heavenly scent (fragrance of Christ), you have to keep humility at the forefront of your heart & mind! If you had the same struggles as the person you judge, you might be exactly where they are! From your place of healing seek to mentor, be-friend, love and pray for others!
Aroma of Pain
Is your atmosphere filled with pain and darkness? You may have difficulty in relationships. You may feel rejected, isolated, shamed, voiceless, and misunderstood. These are terrible things to feel and experience and not something that anyone invites purposefully in their life.
How can you remove the pain within your heart that seeks to ruin your life? Firstly, only God can heal our hearts and keep our aroma sweet. However, God also created helpers like psychologist, pastors, intercessors, etc. to help us navigate his healing process. When needed we should seek these helpers to get our hearts to a place where we are able to let God in.
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We ALL at multiple points in our lives will need God to renew our hearts so we truly carry the fragrance of Christ.
Practical steps to changing your atmosphere:
1. Cultivate a heart that seeks to know and understand GOD.
2. Thankfulness. Thank God for what he has and has yet to do.
3. Listen and Obey the wisdom God gives in the Bible.
4. Ask others and God what individual steps you can take for your healing journey.
5. Express your emotions: Journal your emotions. Seek counseling.
6. Memorize bible scriptures about God healing the heart.
7. Pray and ask others for prayer.
8. Wait. God allows the wait to prepare us!
All we have to do is try our best and then wait. When we try our best to love God and seek his power he WILL heal us in his timing.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7: 7-8
I try to use my old repulsive perfume of pain all the time! But, I’m becoming more aware that I don’t have to settle for that icky stuff and I have access to the aroma of Heaven. Every-time the smallest thing hurts me, I ask God confidently to replace my negative perspectives and feelings with HIS perspective.
Sometimes, he tells me that I have every right to be angry when life happens… Then, he gives me spiritual gifts so that I don’t stay angry. He gives me gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in the spirit that allows me to remain sweet despite the negativity that tries to pollute my aroma.
This world is harsh and we need God to constantly heal the new wounds that we experience. Let’s seek God at the slightest feelings of negativity and prevent a build up of pain.