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Be A Sweet Fragrance

Be A Sweet Fragrance

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 4:32 – 5:1-2 NIV)

We are to imitate God.  We are called to love others.  We are to forgive others.  We don’t have to wait until we are asked to forgive, we are to just forgive because we are forgiven.  We are to walk in the way of love.  Just as Christ gave Himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, so we are to live a life of sweet fragrance to God and others.  Jesus said “”You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43-48 NIV)

By Diane Levy

Written by Diane Levy

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