We often associate the color green with the word envy. When I painted this woman green, I was going to talk about envy. But I felt it was a negative subject so instead, I decided that a more positive green color association equals life and hope.
We are often impressed when we see and hear about some act of courage when people die for others and give their lives up for the common good. We tear up when bravery is shown by mere humans and we sing their praises. The reason is because we see that there is hope in life in this world. Those courageous people mirror what Jesus Christ our Lord and our Father God had to give up. But what Jesus gave up was a life of a deity, a divine life and He showed us how much He suffered and the trek to His physical death was a slow and painful one. I often wondered why He wasn't just stabbed by a sword and been given a quick death? Why did it drag on? In my humble opinion, I can only surmise that it was because God wants us to understand that at the end of pain and suffering in our own life, there is hope. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, in all His glory, we can see how hope transforms our lives of suffering in the flesh into a glorious state in the eternal. God, in Jesus' expense showed us just how enormous His love for us is. It is so enormous that He gave it a new name, Agape. It is a kind of love that could not be fathomed, could not be explained. It is the kind of love that can only be felt through the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit was given to us by God, through Jesus' death so that His love could be felt in our hearts always so that we can always be reminded that there is hope.
When spring comes, the whole world turns green. God never ceases to give us reminders even in our surroundings, He always sends a message that after the cold frost and misery of the dead of winter, we can all pretty much be certain that everything will come back to life again. We feel the transition of things start to come back to life. We know we will feel the heat of the sun again, crops will bear fresh food again. That is how God wants us to be reminded so we won't ever forget Him.
Read Romans 5:1-11
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