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09 - DISCIPLINE OF THE SENSES: DISCIPLINE OF THE TONGUE

THE SENSE OF SMELL:

The sense of smell can provoke lustful thoughts and feelings. Strong smelling perfumes can produce lustful movements in the flesh. Ladies should not use very strong smelling perfumes so that they do not offend others. The Bible has something to say against wearing expensive and exotic perfumes. Amos 6:6 warns us by saying, “woe unto them ... that anoint themselves with the chief ointments.” and in Isaiah 3:24 we are told, “And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink.”
If I encounter a situation when a strong odour brings in thoughts of fornication remember Isaiah’s saying that the flesh that you are lusting after will rot and stink.
The smell of food can also offend especially if you are fasting. If you pass by a hamburger or Pizza place the smell can be very disturbing Well, to quote ex-president Clinton, “Don’t inhale!”
Anba Abraam the sainted bishop of Fayum, once had a compelling desire to eat stuffed pigeon (a delicacy in Egypt), so he told his servant to prepare it. When it was cooked, he told the servant to leave it.
Whenever the servant asked him if he wanted it, he told him, “Leave it” After a few days it became rotten (there were no fridges in those days) then he told the servant to bring it to him. It smelled awful. The saint then told himself, “This is what your heart desires Abraam, go ahead and eat it!”

THE PROPER USE OF THE SENSE OF SMELL:

If you smell a nice smell, always bring your thought to Mary who anointed the Lord with the sweet smelling ointment and how the “house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” (John 12:3)


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