November 25, 2014

Read: 1 John 4:8

A familiar cologne wafted across the kitchen; easily recognizable footsteps approached from behind, just as she felt a strong masculine hand touch her shoulder.  Ah, freshly shaven!  He always smells so good.  As she turned to curl into his embrace, she sensed something different.  Startled they both jumped backward!  Shock crossed my sister’s face followed by uproarious laughter when she discovered, not her husband, but her young son, coming to show off a clean shaven face for the first time.  “Dad showed me how to shave and let me borrow his cologne.”  Whew!  That was weird!  He was certainly his father’s son and becoming more like him every day.

Family resemblances often go beyond the physical.  My sister was drawn by a familiar presence and fragrance behind her, not by physical sight.  Sometimes it is surprising to realize that recognition is not limited to how well we can see, and appearances can be deceiving.  At times, I have found myself thinking that Christians share a certain appearance, or that there is a particular description suitable for a Christian.  Those are the times when God seems to take great joy in jarring me away from the stereotype by the recognizable reality of His presence, love, in the most unexpected vessels.  God is love.  Knowing God is having His love.  Just as my young nephew carried his father’s fragrance, we should carry the fragrance of our Father.  God is love.  Love is a powerful aroma.  It is impossible to spend time with the Father and not smell like Him.


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.