What color is God’s love?

What color is God’s love? Here are some I came up with:

1. God’s love is ocean blue. One of my favorite songs is “Ocean Floor” sung by a group called Audio Adrenaline. The chorus goes like this:

Your sins are forgotten
They’re on the bottom
Of the ocean floor

Because our sins are on the ocean floor, they are so deep that no one can pull them back up. Jesus is a fisher of men, not a fisher of sin. If he doesn’t go fishing for them, then neither should I. I asked for forgiveness, He gave it, and buried it. God’s love is blue like the ocean.

2. God’s love is red – crimson red.  Jesus bled and died on the cross. The Bible says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. Jesus’s sacrifice is all sufficient. He bled and died because God loves us so much.

3. God’s love is like the rainbow. God promised never to flood the world ever again. The proof the promise to Noah is the rainbow.

4. God’s love is green, the sign of new life. I don’t want to sound like a pagan, but green is the sign of spring and summer. We made those Gospel bracelets during my VBS trip in India last year. Or at least, we tried to. First, they told us 600 kids are coming. Then we arrived and they told us it was more like a 1000 kids. We scrambled to find more bracelets but fortunately we brought yarn. We also had to change the configuration the bracelets from 5 beads to 3 beads. And yet, the green always symbolized new life.

5. God’s love is like the tie-dye t-shirts from summer camp. In case you don’t know, tie-dye t-shirts are made by tying rubber bands into small knots on a plain white t-shirt. The shirt is then dipped in various colored bleach solutions. Once dried and washed again, the shirt looks like a survivor from a paint factory explosion. As for me, I don’t wear those shirts. The only special shirts I wear have my company logo, Westlaw, and one that says “I do all my own stunts.” God’s love is multicolored… like sunrise over a lake in Florida… like sunset over the Pacific… like moon rise over Death Valley, California.

6. God’s love is golden. Gold is the sign for royalty; gold is precious and everlasting. Gold is cool to touch and burns hot in our hearts. God’s love is like that: royal, precious, everlasting, and beautiful. It inspired thousands of hymns and will inspire tens of thousands more. Frederick Lehman wrote the great hymn: “The love of God.” Verse three describes God’s love –

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

7. These sound really good, but I wonder if God’s love can be black. After all, we associate black with negative things. Anything with black attached to it means this object is not trustworthy, not loveable, not desirable, or not good. The only time we like something black is in the business world – in the black means the company is doing well. I am not quite sure that is the only time black is acceptable. We wonder where God is in the midst of suffering. We are stumbling around the dark – in the black. We expect God to reward the righteous and punish the wicked. And when we see the wicked succeed while good people suffer, we ask where God is. We suffer illness, pain, or loss. Then we have the book of Job in the Bible; even if God explained everything to us beforehand, even if Job knew he was being tested, we still don’t want to accept it.

I think God’s love can be black. Imagine this: a husband has blindfolded his wife for her surprise birthday party. He is holding her hand to guide her. All of her friends are waiting in the next room. The cake is ready and everyone has taken their places. The husband is really excited but in his excitement, he forgot that the shortest distance from the front door to the garden passes by two chairs and the coffee table.  To the wife, everything is black. She can’t see, can’t hear anything, and brushed by something hard. Anyone else would have panicked yet because of the husband’s love for her and her trust in him that he will never willingly harm her, she will bear the blackness. God’s love is like that too; He is holding onto us, guiding us towards the biggest surprise party in the world called heaven, and we are not able to see the path. All we have is His love and our faith in Him.

What color is God’s love? More than anything we can imagine now

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