Spectrum Of Colour

October 19, 2013
by Parise Arakelian

Genesis 1:14-15 – Then God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth." And that is what happened. (NLT)

One Saturday morning, a group of like-minded friends decided to attend a session with a colour analyst to "get our colours done". The most well-known approach to analyzing personal colouring is "seasonal" colour analysis, which places individual colouring into four general categories: winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

The analyst used pieces of cloth in various colours, which she draped around the shoulders of each individual. It soon became evident which colours looked the best. Each of us received a packet of swatches of cloth with our colours. We were encouraged to refer to them when we shopped for clothes and/or makeup.

There is evidence that the colours people wear can affect how others perceive them. Let's look at the meaning of colours and their distinguishing attributes:

  • Cool colours include green, blue, and violet, and they give a calming, comforting and nurturing effect. As Christians, when others are stressed out, we need to bring balance and stability into their lives, as we learn to trust God to be in control.
  • Warm colours include red, orange, and yellow. These colours are active, attention-grabbing, and aggressive, radiating love, passion, heat, power, happiness, and joy. As Christians, we need to avoid being cold in our relationships with others, but rather displaying warmth and compassion, energizing others towards good deeds and a holy lifestyle.
  • Complementary colours, like red and turquoise, blue and orange, complete each other and bring out the attributes of each other. Using complementary colours in an image is quite pleasing to the eye. It's a well-known fact that in marriages, opposites attract. Husbands and wives need to learn how their opposites are complementary and complete each other, and make the most of their differences.
  • Colour harmony is created when the colours seem to belong together, using contrasts which intensify each other. In the body of Christ, all the members are different, yet we can learn to maintain harmony with each other.

Colossians 3:12,14 – Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the myriad of colours which we enjoy every day. May others be able to see the colours of warmth and compassion which we, as Christians, seek to portray in our lives. Increase our individual attractiveness as we display our colours to others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Parise Arakelian <parisesings@roadrunner.com>
Arcadia, California, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Parise for the encouraging word.


    Thank you for today’s devotional Parise. An interesting analogy.


    Dear Parise,
    Good thought, all things come from God and His fingerprint is everywhere in daily life!
    Blessings.


    Wow!!! Parise, this is amazing how you brought colors and our Christian walk together. Being an artist I love all the colors, and above all I adore my Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you so much Parise. Again you have so richly blessed me. May God abundantly bless you.


    Hi Parise,
    I just read your devotional for today re colours. I am a ‘winter’. However, I have never thought of colours as you have presented them in this devotional. I found your words helpful and will certainly reflect more on them as the colours of this Fall season continue to change around me. Thanks for you ministry! blessings.


    Parise
    This devotional is wonderful!!! Not only does it remind me of the many years I spent in Canada enjoying the beautiful fall colours each year, but our personal memory with having our colours done. The theme was skillfully woven to present the fabric of our lives in Christ….love it!


    Dear Parise!
    Thank you for the harmony of “Spectrum of Color.”
    The colors of Christ binding in perfect unity to the world without color. Without Christ!
    May all who seek to be a color know the difference they make wearing compassion, humility, kindness, love… as in all
    “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful nature with its passions and desired.” Galatians 5:24.
    God is love!


    Dear Parise,
    This was indeed one of your most colorful devotionals. Your message brought to mind the spiritual significance of various colors throughout Scripture. There are many examples, but in particular, I thought about the palette of shades (white, blue, purple and scarlet) in God’s design for the tabernacle as well as the priestly garments. After reading your devotional, I realized these colors may have also enhanced the worshipful mood within the Lord’s sanctuary. I think it would make an interesting study to apply color analysis in regard to our places of worship today. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts – I always appreciate your valuable insights.


    This is enlightening I must say.
    I liked relation you striked with the colours with Biblical facts.
    Keep it up.


    Hi Parise;
    Thank you for your beautiful devotional this morning. I love the analogy.


    I used to do color analysis for many years and your analogy to the Body of Christ Is excellent! Very good, indeed.
    (AZ)

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