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Perfume Is Not the Cure for Stink...Clean Is

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It is not uncommon for people, often when in a hurry, to put on a sweet perfume when attempting to conceal an unpleasant odor.  Depending upon the amount used, it does work, but only for awhile and only if people do not get too close.

That is because the perfume, which is detached from its good smelling source, cannot perpetually overcome the stink which is still generating from its source.

What is true of personal hygiene is also true of spiritual maintenance: what is put on as a cover can only mask the truth so well, and only for so long.  A "stank" attitude can be masked by charitable words and good deeds, but those words and deeds will not correct a corrupt spirit, anymore than perfume will correct body odor.

For both personal hygiene and spiritual maintenance, clean is the cure for unpleasant smells.  For the clean body, perfume is an adornment, not a concealer; for the clean spirit charitable words and good deeds are a window into a purged soul, and not a prism that provides a distorted view.

Maybe it is time to come clean....

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