Believers are the aroma of Christ to those around them
2 Corinthians 2:14–16 (ASV 1901)
14But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place. 15For we are a sweet savor of Christ unto God, in them that are saved, and in them that perish; 16to the one a savor from death unto death; to the other a savor from life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Five believers were martyred. One of them, Mr. David Barratt, was said to be "a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost." Even to the end, he was also known to be a person who loved people deeply and genuinely.
John Wesley relates the meekness and peacefulness exhibited by a group of German-Moravian Christians even in the midst of a crazy storm as they sailed for America. So profound was the effect of the event that John Wesley attributed it directly to his conversion experience.
The exemplary lives of two Christians; an engineer and a doctor, during the cultural revolution, was all the witness a young man needed to abandon the Chinese Communist Party and embrace Christ.
Dr. Dwan is astonished at the love foreign missionaries continue to show his people, despite the vile things that were being said about them. Dwan eventually makes a life-changing decision when he hears that Jesus is the source of this love the missionaries showed his people.
Mrs Chang's deathbed scene - the courage she displayed, the peace and hope she had that she was heading to a better place was so profound that her husband, her son and his wife all became Christians. When her son's converted wife too was about to die, she displayed same courage in the face of death that a neighbor was led to Christ.
Nevisa struggled with the conflicting feelings of doubt and faith as she considered leaving Islam for Christianity, but the amazing lives and love among the believers she had come across, like a sweet smelling savour; kept drawing her, despite her doubts, to the love of the Jesus in which these believers basked.
Seeing and reading about George Müller's shining example of unwavering faith in God and Christ-like love for orphan children was all the encouragement Mr. Ishii in Tokyo Japan and another Christian in Nimwegen Holland needed to trust God and take up similar causes.
Hudson Taylor's excellent management of the diversity among the pioneer set of missionaries he was travelling to China with 1866, his personal example and loving leadership was so profound that more than half of the crew members they were traveling with confessed Jesus as their Lord and Saviour even before they arrived their destination in Shanghai.
Lanju Gao was a Muslim sent to the Chinese government's atheist indoctrination camp, but instead of becoming atheist, Lanju became a Christian. And when tortured because of his conversion, Lanju held his ground; for he had seen Zhang suffer and yet not deny this Christ - he too rejoiced that he now served the one true God.
In a time of serious food scarcity when other prisoners were fighting over food and stealing each other's ration, Brothers Chen and Zhang freely prayed and shared their food together, to the utter shock of everyone. Their shining example was all Lui and Wang needed to come to Christ.
12 year old Avis was so touched by the kindness shown to her family by a young missionary couple with very little means for a few days when their car broke down near Gallup New Mexico. Seeing God's great love at work through this couple sowed the fertile seed for missionary service in Avis' heart.
Liu, a noted gambler and opium-smoker undergoing rehabilitation is astonished at the joy and love that marked the life of the Christians who cared for him. They were poor; yet content, not drunk with wine; yet always cheerful.
While in the hospital, Nicky Cruz prayed out loud for himself. Through the prayers, God ministered to another man who was in the hospital leading him to pray too.
While in prison, Esther Chang yielded fully to God; allowing her light shine so well that she won many prisoners to Christ. And as a result of their new life in Christ, strife and disloyalty was replaced with great love for one another. So great was this new love and increasing unity among the prisoners that the prison authorities felt threatened.
Mary, whose faith in God didn't falter from sickness till death, was still winning souls for the kingdom of God in death.