Whenever walking through a forest or across a meadow, it was easy to detect the presence of a dead animal especially if it was summertime. The stench would almost feel as if it was burning your nose! That smell is so unique, so connected to death. Those animals who had died were still having an impact on their surroundings. And they were stinkin' offensive.
As sinners, we are stinkin' offensive! Romans 6 states that 'the wages of sin is death,' that 'death spread to all men,' that 'sin reigned in death.' Take a pencil and note all the references to death you can find in this chapter...there is much death and dying in Romans 6.
Scripture states that when we are born again, God changes us. He changes us from dead, lost, His enemy and offensive, to alive, found, His child and charges us to bless. Ephesians 5:2, "Walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant offering." We should smell like Jesus...alive from the dead. So...how do you smell?!