Seeing “red”

“You better never wear that red suit again!” This is what my friend had told me after I came out of a meeting with my boss. A meeting in which I had been somewhat nasty. Probably insubordinate. Even uttered the words, “Well, just fire me then.” Apparently, I was out of character, because my friend attributed it to the red suit I was wearing.

The desire to speak up, demand something, or gain power summed up in one color?

Red has been defined in fashion circles as a “power” color. For those that study the meanings of colors, red is believed to symbolize motivation to change, and is said to “provide a sense of security and protection against fear and anxiety.”

Really? Just by seeing red?

Love. Safety. Protection. Motivation to change. Action. Courage. Familiarity.

The Bible is written at times in red. The words written as such to denote the spoken word of Jesus.

Lover. Protector. Motivator. A man of action. Courage. Familiarity.

Yes. There is power in the color red.

Then I read the red letters
And the ground began to shake
The prison walls started falling
And I became a free man that day. David Crowder, “Red Letters”

Those red letters have the power to provide freedom.

Freedom from the worries of this life: “Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs” (Luke 12:29-30)

Freedom from your hunger and thirst for earthly desires: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

Freedom from hatred: “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you” (John 14:12).

Freedom from condemnation: “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you? “No, Lord,” she said. “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:10-12)

Freedom from abandonment: “No, I will not abandon you as orphans-I will come to you.” (John 14:18).

Freedom from your sin: “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43)

And countless others that are written in the color of power, security, and protection. All His promises and instructions for peace, love, security. Action. Freedom.

Those letters written in “red.”

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