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Lord help me not to be idle today. If I find free time, show me how to use it in a way that will be creative and relaxing. Let me not be selfish in my use of time, but enable me to use it in a way that expresses care and concern for other people. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for all people who are foster-parenting little children. Help them to be very patient and deeply caring as they face multiple problems. Help them to create the sense of warm family and to be strong in wisdom and in love. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord, for people who suffer from an addiction for gambling. Help them to leave the losses of the past behind and to stop thinking that the system owes them whatever has gone. Help them to move forward with courage, humility and hope. I ask in Christ’s name – AMEN.
“God uses us to make the knowledge about Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance”.
2 Cor 2:14 GNB
“The burning of incense along the victory route was part of the ceremonial of the Roman Triumph. The sense of smell, as well as of sight and hearing, was involved in the splendour of the occasion. As Paul was led by God, so too (to continue the imagery of the victory procession), Paul ‘spreads everywhere a fragrance’ (v.14). Although he rejects triumphalism, his ministry is not without effect. If incense impinges on the senses, even though invisible, so too Paul’s ministry makes its presence felt.
If a fragrance is smelt, so a person is known. What God does through Paul and his companions is to ‘spread …the knowledge ´of God everywhere. The ‘knowledge of God’ in biblical thought is not nearly so abstract or intellectual as it sounds. For instance, when we read that ‘Adam knew Eve his wife’ in Genesis 4:1 (KJV) something as physical as sexual intercourse is in mind. If ‘knowing’ one’s wife is a real experience, so too ‘knowing’ God is a real though different inter-personal experience. What God was doing through Paul was establishing relationships between himself and people. Paul’s evangelism, therefore although non-triumphalist, was nevertheless effective and noticeable. Later, he will remind them that ‘the weapons we fight with … have divine power (10:4-5) (P. Barnett, The Message of 2 Corinthians, p53-4).
The presence and influence of the Christian believer, both as an individual and as part of a group, should also spread a sweet aroma. The believer does this through kindness, empathy, and caring, as well as witnessing to his, or her, faith in Jesus. You don’t have to ‘preach’ at people. You bring the presence of Jesus as you go.
Lord, make your presence felt through our witness.
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