Every day when you arrive at your workplace, your attitude arrives with you. Attitudes are much like the cologne (or perfume) we are wearing; we smell the fragrance when we first put it on, but others smell it throughout the day. The fragrance you wear at work is noticed by those around you.


So what are your coworkers and customers smelling? The apostle Paul reminds us that as apprentices of Jesus, we have the fragrance of Christ. The attitudes we wear to our workplaces should remind others of Jesus. The fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – should make up a great deal of our “fragrance.” After urging the Thessalonian believers to seek the common good of all, Paul lays out three attitude adjustments that powerfully transform the workplaces we have been called to inhabit. Paul says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV) Paul encourages us to cultivate attitudes of joy, of prayer, and of gratitude. Though our work and our workplaces can be very frustrating at times and we often deal with some very difficult and demanding people, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to positively influence a workplace culture that promotes human flourishing, synergistic teamwork, and the common good.

As an overflow of our walk with Christ, we have the wonderful opportunity to bring a positive, joyful outlook to our daily work. No matter what our circumstances, our hope remains firmly tethered to the good news of the gospel. Because of our faith and our understanding of Christian vocation, we can give a warm smile to all of our coworkers, even those who at times rub us the wrong way. We can look for the good in others and praise them. We can truly celebrate when others are recognized for their achievements. We can express our appreciation through kind words and handwritten notes. And yes, our attitudes can be the sweet aroma of Christ to those around us.

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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  1. I love the attitude adjustments……. and the fragrance……

    Take Care and God Bless πŸ™‚ Kenny T


  2. Rene Yoshi Says:

    Great post! I was just quoting that verse for my daughter as I recounted times when another’s cologne lingered on me after I had hugged them. It’s great when they smell good. πŸ™‚


  3. Beautiful post…… the fragrance of Christ – this is what I want to wear each day. It saves money not buying worldly fragrances and puts on the most beautiful fragrance ever!


  4. keijo Says:

    Yes and amen for good fragrance from us, not of the death or hate or wickedness, but of the lordΒ΄s very blessed life in the Holy Spirit today again and be sowing our seed in favor with good purpose in Christ ,thanks and bless and pray,keijo sweden


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