12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me, 13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. 2 Corinthians 2:12-17
The word picture Paul used in verses 14-17 was one of military triumph. Those reading this probably had seen military processions running through their cities.
Do not think it strange when those opposed to the Gospel come hard against you. That’s what they’re supposed to do because of what you and I represent. Contrast to this, think about the last time you found out someone you know was a Believer. It’s refreshing, isn’t it? It’s supposed to be that way.
Keep spreading the “aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.” It’s what we’re here to do.