For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To one we are the aroma that brings death; to the other an aroma that brings life (2 Corinthians 15-16).
Jesus Christ is the giver of the Holy Spirit through the Father. The Holy Spirit is the gift Jesus promised to believers before He ascended up to heaven to be with the Father. The Holy Spirit helps us in many ways. One of those ways is to bring truth through the conviction of our sins, which are not always naturally discerned, but they are discerned by the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer.
After I became a Christian some of my friends didn’t want anything to do with me anymore. Some of them even openly attacked me. You see, a few things happen after you accept Jesus as your savior. First of all, you receive the Holy Spirit which non-believers do not have:
“… The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you (John 14:17).
Secondly, you begin to change as the spirit of God works within you to bring about transformation. People will say things like: “Wow, you’re not the same person you used to be.” Obviously, it doesn’t happen overnight. The first thing God convicted me about was my swearing. Then I stopped doing drugs, and eventually I quit drinking. Once those vices were out, God began to heal me emotionally. My anger subsided and I became more joyful, patient, grateful and positive.
Look at the contrast laid out in the scriptures below. The first several verses are some things we produce naturally through our sinful nature devoid of God’s spirit. The last several versus are the things we should be producing when we’re living with God’s spirit in us:
“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Galatians 5:19-25).
Much of what the world accepts as righteous God does not. Therefore, when we align our behavior and beliefs with God’s and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, is it any wonder we “are the aroma that bring death to those who are perishing.”