What is the aroma of your heart?
What is the aroma of your heart? Is it full of pride, arrogance, bitterness and hatred that makes a putrefied, stinking heart? Or is your heart full of compassion, love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and goodness that is a pleasing aroma to God? Your attitude determines the aroma of your heart. When your attitude stinks, so does your heart.
Who are Jesus’ brethren?
In Matthew 25:40 Jesus says we are to help the poor and less fortunate people and when we do, it is just like we are doing it for Him. However, there’s a part of this verse that is almost not noticeable. Jesus says, “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren…” So, who exactly are His brethren? Did He mean the disciples? His half-brothers that Mary and Joseph had after Him? His earthly relatives? If we go over to Matthew 12:50, we find that “Whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” His brethern are His followers who seek to do God’s will.
How we treat others shows the aroma of our hearts
We should treat His brethern with humble compassion as we recognize they are His servants carrying out His will. How we treat them expresses our love for and commitment to Jesus Himself. But when we treat them harshly, it exposes our lack of devotion to Him. Jesus holds us accountable in how we live our lives. If we claim to live for Christ but our actions demonstrate differently, we need to examine the validity of our salvation.
With Christ living in us, we should be a reflection of His character. Jesus treated others with love, kindness and grace – and so should we. When His character shows through our actions, we put Him on display to the world around us. Jesus commanded in John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
We are known by our fruit
Jesus will be our final judge and there will come a day when we must stand before Him and give an account for how we lived out lives and how we reflected His glory to the world. Matthew 7:16-20 says, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” Does your fruit stink from decay or does is it a pleasing aroma from your heart?
We are the aroma of Christ
The bitternut tree does not bear fruit every year. It only bears fruit every three years and sometimes only every five years. The beech tree bears fruit every eight years. The white oak can go ten years without bearing fruit. But the champion in delay is the bamboo which bears fruit only every 120 years! Most Christians don’t live to be 120, but if they did, some would still bear no fruit for the Lord Jesus.
When the final judgment comes, will Jesus recognize you by as one of His own by the fruits of your life? Will He see you as a healthy tree or a diseased tree? Will the aroma of your heart be pleasing to Him? Ask yourself: Do I have a real walk with Christ? Do I love others? Does my faith live out in my actions toward others? 2 Corinthians 2:15 says, “For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”
Like it is so well said in this clip from “Facing the Giants” movie, our attitudes and our behavior reflects the condition of our hearts. A healthy tree will produce good fruit. When our heart is right, we will reflect the nature and character of Christ and the aroma of our hearts will be pleasing to God.
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