The Victory Parade

Paul refers to someone who has offended him grievously. Feel his pain. Yet even more, sense his desire that there be healing and reconciliation. Unforgiveness gives Satan a foothold leading toward death instead of life.

Victory parades in ancient times had captives as well as conquerors march. There was no ticker tape. Instead, burnt fragrant spices filled the air as the way to expand the pervading sense of joy.

The victory parade of Jesus is on. The fragrance of the Holy Spirit is all about. Do not be in the parade as a captive of darkness through unforgiveness. The aroma will mean spiritual death for you. Let go. Forgive. When you do, you immediately march as a victor with all the joy of Christ who has won this victory for you.

The Reading for Today   2 Corinthians 2


This is the second of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to 2 Corinthians


For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

3 thoughts on “The Victory Parade

  1. I don’t know about you, but when I have been upset or angered by someone it often takes time before I want to be around them again. It sounds like maybe that is where Paul is. It also sounds like that person is in Corinth. In spite of this Paul is concerned for that person and asks for the community to forgive that person, even to forego any further punishment and embrace them. Only strong faith and the love of God can bring us to that place.

    Paul does not say that his pain is gone, perhaps the wound is still raw, but forgiveness is his purpose. He recognizes that an unforgiving heart is an open door for Satan to take advantage of us. Don’t be mistaken, forgiveness does not come easily. It does not mean that you forget the injury or that you accept the behavior that caused the pain. Having forgiven someone does not even ean that you want to spend time with them again. Forgiveness means that you have brought God into the situation and have allowed him to heal you. You no longer react to the memory with anger or agitation. You are able to offer prayers and blessings from your heart to the person who harmed you. Satan has no space to break in. Forgiveness is an amazing gift. Reach out and begin the journey.

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  2. Verses 14-16 are powerful verses. We who are Christians have a recognizable aroma, that of crucifixion, resurrection and forgiveness. However, people understand that aroma differently.

    Those who do not know or want to know the good news turn, even run away. They only know death and we frighten them. What would you do when confronted by contagious death? I love that the death is recognized as contagious. Actually it is God’s love that is contagious and the death that frightens them is the crucifixion, an amazing sign of God’s love.

    Those who know the good news now that living in the joy of God is life . They smell the resurrection and forgiveness, eternal life. I don’t know about you, but for me time spent in fellowship and conversation in faith renews me.

    These verses don’t speak of an incredibly holy moment, yet that moment is there. What am I speaking of? That indredible, life saving moment when the odor of contagious death turns to the odor of life. Have you experienced that moment? Have you been present when someone else has? Have you recognized the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit?

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  3. You share insights from your experiences, whatever they may be. Is there any other way to find wisdom than through our experience of moving from death to life?

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