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Mark the expression in Phil. 4:1818But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. (Philippians 4:18): "An odor of a sweet smell:" it is a strong word. What! a purse of money " an odor of a sweet smell, well pleasing to God?" Yes. It would have been, "Thy money perish with thee," if presented without love to Christ as the motive; but even in a cup of cold water there is an odor of a sweet smell, if given for Christ. How He will surprise His people by the way in which He counts and notes every little thing done for His sake!
Do I feel love to the God who gave His Son to die for me, and is love to Him who by that death enabled me to call His God my God, the motive that enables me to empty myself out of everything for Him?