The Sweet Smell of Victory

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Thousands of people gathered in Washington D. C. in 1964 for the victory of the Civil Rights Movement. Military victories are celebrated with homecoming parades throughout the nations. When the Romans won a major war victory in the first century, the commanding officer led a procession of musicians and soldiers who led the enemy captives through the city. Added to the celebration, the Romans burned incense on altars for a sweet smell of victory in the whole city. Ponder the impact of the following Scripture written by Paul, a Roman citizen:

“Thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life” (2 Corinthians 2:14-16).


Friends, we have an opportunity to be a sweet smelling aroma to God among those who follow Him and others who reject Him. It is God’s desire that all would follow Him into eternity. What will we do to change the hearts of those perishing as a result of their bad choices?


Holy Father, make us instruments of love so others will experience your mercy and choose to follow you. Empower us with your truth in ways that people will understand. Help us to show compassion as you show compassion. In Jesus’ name, Amen.