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Life in the Red Letters

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  John 14:6–7 NKJV

life in the red lettersThe volume was up a bit more than usual as I sang along with a contemporary Christian song one day while driving. When the song ended, I reached to turn the radio down, then heard the announcer say, “There’s life in the red letters.”

Funny how the smallest statement can grab your heart. Tears filled my eyes as I thought about what he said. How true. And sadly, how taken for granted. I pulled my car over and scribbled the words on a notepad.

The Word of God is described as alive. Powerful. Sharper than even the sharpest two-edged sword. It exposes our deepest thoughts and the secret motives and desires of our heart. This is especially true when it comes to the letters written in red. The words of Jesus Himself—the Word who became flesh. The One who loves us so much that He suffered, bled, and died a cruel death so we could have eternal life and so much more.

Jesus referred to Himself as the following:

  • The Way – When we lose our way, He will help us find it and keep us on the right path. He is also the one and only way to the Father.
  • The Truth – When too many voices clamor for our attention and we don’t know who or what to believe, He will lead us to the truth. He is the truth.
  • The Life – When we struggle to make sense of our very existence, He fills us with love, strength, and purpose. He promises us abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven.

Whenever you’re downcast and need some comfort and guidance, open your Bible and turn to the red letters. There, you will find everything you need.

(photo courtesy of Martin Wiles.)

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.