“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter, the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.” Proverbs 14:12-16
I heard a story of a grumpy old man that seems to have loved the negative lifestyle. The old man had a grandson that loved to aggravate his grandfather. One day while in the kitchen the grandson smells the odor of Limburger cheese as his granny was cooking. The smell seemed so bad to the boy. He pinched a piece of the Limburger cheese off to taste it. Seems Limburger cheese is notorious for the strong smell that comes after 3 months of bacteria fermenting that develops a stinky aroma.
The young boy saw his grandfather asleep in his recliner and he quietly slipped in and rubbed the Limburger cheese in his grandfather’s handlebar mustache and then the boy ran out to play. Later grandpa woke up to this strange aroma stinking up the whole room. Grandpa said: Wow it sure stinks in here, I think I will go into the kitchen. Once in the kitchen, Grandpa sniffed the kitchen and he said: Wow, the whole kitchen stinks. So Grandpa decided to go out on the front porch and swing. He sat down on the swing and it was not long until Grandpa inhaled deeply and the strong smell was still in his nostrils. Grandpa said: Wow! It sure stinks on the porch. I believe I will go for a walk. So Paw was enjoying his walk down the road until he inhaled deeply and he said: Wow! It really stinks out here. He then came to the conclusion The whole world really stinks!
We understand why. The whole world stank! Grandpa was carrying the rotten aroma of the Limburger cheese embedded in his handlebar mustache. Everywhere that Grandpa would go the stench was sure to go. Why? Everybody else could smell it, but Grandpa couldn’t smell it.
We must acknowledge our problem. You cannot correct what we do not acknowledge. It takes conviction to smell the sin in your life. It takes faith to smell the aroma of God’s grace and mercy. Paul said to Corinthians, “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
Pray for God to take the stench of your sin. Pray for God’s aroma of grace in your life this morning. Pray for the pleasing aroma of Christ at the NewLife gathering.