Have you ever been walking down the street, minding your own business, and then it hits you, a familiar smell? It could be the scent of a flower, the perfume of a passerby, or the whiff of tempting food. You are immediately transported to a different time and place. If the smell is good, the mind daydreams, your face lights up, and your smile takes over your face. If the scent conjures up a negative feeling, you frown, brows furrow, and your eyes get dark. Smells are powerful! When you are talking with a friend, you want to be a good smell. You want to provide pleasant counsel and advice. This happens when your heart and your friends trust each other. Even painful or hard words are received when grace and truth dominate the relationship. I’ve been on the receiving and giving end of this type of communication. May you bring joy to your friends’ hearts as you point them to Christ!
Proverbs 27:9: “Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice.” (NIV)