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Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:2

I love the aroma of candles, things baking in the oven and anything else that pleases the senses. In this passage notice Jesus’ sacrifice for us was a pleasing aroma to God. That should motivate us to do more sacrificing in our lives. It seems when we are asked to sacrifice we try to change things.

Jesus freely offered His life. That was a demonstration of His love for us so we could become a child of God. It is quite an offer! We know when we offer something of ourselves it makes us feel blessed and we are pleased when we see someone who benefits by our actions. Why then are we so reluctant to do it?

It takes effort, it takes giving up time, talents, and most of all there is a cost we sometimes are not willing to pay. The cost will always be great if whatever you do is going to bring a blessing to someone. Love should be the motivation for whatever we do. To give a life is the greatest gift of love, and Jesus did it voluntarily.

We are so used to praise or some kind of payment that when we do something it takes away from the blessing we receive. It is always most fulfilling when we do things no one but our Savior knows about.

Take a lesson from our Lord the next time a need is presented. Offer yourself  to be a sweet smelling aroma to God. Do it for His glory and we will be rewarded someday.

Thank you Jesus for your offering of yourself for me.


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