Thank You, Lord, that You love me like no other.
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“Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through ups spread everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him” (2:14 NIV)
“In Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, He brings knowledge of Christ. Everywhere we go, people breathe in the exquisite fragrance. Because of Christ, we give off a sweet scent rising to God, which is recognized by those on the way of salvation–an aroma redolent with life. But those on the way to destruction treat us more like the stench from a rotting corpse.” (2:14-16 MSG)
Father, thanks that You make it so that others can smell Jesus on me. Only You can cause Your scent to be stronger than my own, and to be recognizable as originating from You.
Thank You for the victory over sin that You make possible when I follow You. This passage says You LEAD us in this “triumphal procession” or “perpetual victory parade.” The only way You can LEAD is if I choose to follow … and I do! I choose to follow You and I thank You for the victory You bring, as You shape me to be just like Jesus! Amen.
*link embedded in “perpetual victory parade” is to Kathy Troccoli’s song “Parade” from her Love Has a Name project