Most of the times we don’t dream in color, but when we do see a color…. you can bet it’s significant. Do you know the symbolic meanings of various colors?
Since it’s hard to memorize all these definitions, I’d like to share how I remember the meanings of some basic colors. I know this might sound crazy, but if you are a visual learner like me, you may love this. Perhaps it will give you a different perspective when you see color in the real world?
Anyway, here goes with the basic colors and their symbolic meanings…
- The BLUE sky reminds me of the heavens and the God who lives there. BLUE means spiritual referring to the heavens, God’s spirit, healing, and blessing. Blue can also refer to a baby boy or being depressed as in “singing the blues”. (Exodus 24:9-11)
- GREEN is the natural color for most all plant life. And so, the color GREEN is symbolic of life. If the grass that covers our lawn is healthy and alive, it is GREEN. That life can be either eternal or mortal. It can also refer to being green with envy, or unripe. (Genesis 1:30)
- ORANGE reminds me of fire. Fire can be wonderful when used properly, but deadly if uncontrolled. And so, ORANGE means powerful energy force which could be dangerous. So watch closely when you see ORANGE for our God is a consuming fire! (Exodus 24:17)
- RED is the color of blood signifying Christ’s perfect sacrifice on the cross. RED means passion. When you think of RED, it can also mean anger or emotion as in your face turning RED. We also use the color RED on Valentine’s Day and it can denote love, zeal and enthusiasm. (Isaiah 1:18)
- Remember the old song Tie a YELLOW Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree? Actually, YELLOW ribbons have several meanings. One is a trial of waiting for your beloved to return home. Another military meaning is to signify that we are waiting for our troops to come home. And so, YELLOW means gift from God, a welcome home, and usually refers to marriage, family and honor. (Psalm 68:l2-13) YELLOW can also symbolize the glory of God.
- A bride’s dress is WHITE symbolizing her purity. WHITE means pure, spotless without blemish, righteous and true, and innocent. (Revelation 7:14)
- GRAY refers to those areas that are in between white and black. GRAY means not defined, vague, or deceived with false doctrine. It can also denote wisdom, age or weakness as in GRAY hair.
- Did you know that the scientific explanation for the color BLACK is the absence of color? Therefore, BLACK means lack. You can even remember the rhyme. It can also refer to sin and evil, grief and mourning, and ominous. (Jeremiah 8:21-22)
Betcha never thought about color like that before? It’s just the basics, but it should give you a great start to learning the symbolism of your colors.
Now why not test your skills? It will only take a minute.
So did you learn anything? Was this helpful?