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Can Love Be “Reckless”?

Reckless is defined as “without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action”.

This might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about God’s love, but with such a rich worship song, we don’t want to pass up the chance to have a chat about it with you.

The song Reckless Love by Corey Asbury flew to the top of the charts earlier this year but the idea of God being reckless with anything has caused conflict in some. Recklessness usually carries a negative connotation like “reckless driving” or “reckless endangerment”. But if we take a good look at the true character of God, our Good Father, perhaps we can see how “reckless” His love for us is.

Putting It All Out There

Let’s start with Zephaniah 3:16-17:
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing.

When was the last time you sang in public about someone you love so everyone could hear and see you? I love singing, especially worship. I’ll belt out a good chorus as loud as anyone else – in my car. But if someone rolled the windows down or stopped the music while I was singing, I’d probably get quiet really fast! And while I love my family more than I can adequately describe, if you asked me to write and then sing a song about them in public I’d freeze up.

Think about this though: God never loses His nerve, especially when singing about you! He doesn’t care at all what anyone thinks. He doesn’t care if you deserve His attention. He started singing at the top of His lungs about you the moment you were conceived and hasn’t stopped! That’s reckless love.

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

What We Don’t Deserve

God’s reckless love doesn’t stop at singing though. Romans 5:6-8 adds a little more insight:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly.
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person,
though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

These days courtesy and civility are rare, especially in areas we disagree – least of all self-sacrifice for a sinner! But God did die. He died for people who hated him. He died for people who had not met Him. He died for people who would let Him down repeatedly. He died for us, knowing that we would sin against Him – that is how “reckless” His love is for us!

In an interview Corey did with Relevant magazine he said, “It’s in that place where we’re going, ‘I’m completely against you’ that He’s saying: ‘I don’t care. I’m coming after your heart and am gonna show you what love looks like on a cross, arms wide open, bleeding in this place of vulnerability and pain.’ And he goes, ‘no, it doesn’t matter what it takes. It doesn’t matter the cost. That while we were yet sinners. The reckless love of God.’”

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

The Picture That Speaks Louder

Corey’s song further escalates the recklessness of God’s love for us through powerful imagery:

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

In case you are wondering what else the Scriptures say about the love of God that keeps relentlessly and recklessly coming for us, here are some additional, relevant verses:

Deuteronomy 3:22
You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.

Isaiah 59:12-19
…He saw that there was no one, He was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so His own arm achieved salvation for Him, and His own righteousness sustained Him. He put on righteousness as His breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Matthew 18:12
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.

Romans 8:31-39
…If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? …For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Overwhelming, Never-ending, Reckless Love

Are you beginning to get the picture? God’s love for you won’t give up. He has done and will do whatever it takes to love you and show you His love; not because of anything you’ve ever done or could possibly do. He will stop at nothing to love you, including giving Himself completely. All of this because of how great, how reckless His love is for you.

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

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