Reflecting God’s Fragrance to Others

One day, as I walked down the grocery store isle shopping for dinner, a woman and I crossed paths. I thought to myself, “She seems like a nice lady,” as we smiled and passed each other among the canned vegetables. Within just a few steps, I found myself suddenly overcome by an invisible and overwhelming cloud of perfume that apparently trailed my fellow shopper! Not wanting to appear rude, I did my best to not cough; instead, I quietly held my breath, and hastened my steps until I was in the clear in the next aisle!

Upon regaining my composure and taking in a big breath of fresh air, I realized that as women of God, we can sometimes have a similar type of “fragrance problem.” This caused me to wonder – what kind of fragrance do we, as women of God, offer to others in our everyday relationships?

This fellow shopper was probably totally unaware that she was simply coming on too strong. I’m sure that we have all, at one time or another, sprayed on too much perfume, missing the delicate balance that can either draw others to us or push them away.

Our relationships with others can, at times, be the same. Through the years, we become so comfortable with our own personalities and habits that it can become easy to forget how we may come across to others. The result is that we can sometimes come on too strong, forgetting to reflect God’s love to others.

According to the Word of God, we are to: “Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:3-4 MSG).

Then again, there are others who choose not to wear any fragrance at all. In the absence of bath soap, oil, lotion or perfume, this woman may be missing out on the opportunity to reflect yet another layer of her God-given beauty to others. As a fragrant woman of God, you can reach out to those who need to experience the love of Jesus.  “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (II Corinthians 2:15 NKJV).

Learning to reflect God’s fragrance to others can be a fine balance, but with practice and prayer, it can become an amazing witness of His love. The secret lies in our willingness to always put the needs of others first, while yet being comfortable enough to exhibit our own individual gifts and personalities which reflect His creativity and glory.

When reflecting God’s fragrance to others, we are empowered to present a pleasant bouquet of love and acceptance into their lives. As you shower those around you with the God who lives within you, don’t be surprised to hear them respond with, “Ahhh…that smells nice!”

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Comments

  1. Thank you Michelle for this beautiful and thought provoking article. It challenged me to think reflectively about my interactions with others; and, how to consistently emit the fragrance of God’s love in my life. I realize that as professional women of God, we have an awesome responsibility to model Christ like behavior wherever we are, but especially in the workplace. My desire is to stay in such close communion, that God’s fragrance is clearly reflected in me. Amen.

  2. Hi Cindy, you are so right. The workplace can at times be one of the most challenging environments to embrace that delicate balance. We want others to see that we are strong, confident and independent; yet it must be balanced with kindness, humility and a heart to work with others. Thanks be to God that through HIS power, we can enter the workplace with the perfect “fragrance”. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, and God bless you! 🙂

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