The smell of sin
“Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God.” 2Co 2:15 NLT
When food in your refrigerator goes bad, you know it the moment you open the door. And your life is like that. When there is something wrong inside, the people who come in contact with you often sense it. Jesus spoke some of His harshest words to Peter: “Get…behind me, Satan…for thou savourest [smell] not the things…of God, but those that be of men” (Mt 16:23). What was Peter’s sin? Pride. He openly contradicted Jesus (See Mt 16:22). There are sins of the spirit and sins of the flesh. Peter’s was a sin of the spirit, whereas David’s was one of the flesh that manifested itself in adultery and murder. Later David wrote, “Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep…Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me” (Ps 19:12-13 NKJV). Now, God doesn’t want you to become self-absorbed and introspective to the point where you live in condemnation. But He does want you to be sensitive to sin and deal with it immediately. Scripture gives us three ways to stay clean in a spiritually polluted world. (1) Walking in the light (See 1Jn 1:7). That means striving to be honest before God and man. (2) Being accountable (See Ecc 4:9). That can mean having someone in your life who is mature enough to deserve your confidence, gracious enough to put up with your inconsistencies, and honest enough to confront you. (3) Dealing with your sin right away (See Ps 32:3-5). The moment that brings consciousness of sin should lead to confession of sin resulting in cleansing of sin. Then you must get back up and go on with God!