Reckless Love

There’s a song we sing at church called Reckless Love (you might be familiar with it)…to say I’m quite addicted would be spot on.

I remember the first time we sang it and I thought reckless…God…what??

Because I don’t think of or consider God as reckless, but the word reckless certainly brings to mind the equivalent of “careless or thoughtless” in terms of descriptive character.

In fact when you google-search “reckless,” Merriam Webster’s definition is one of the first to pop-up, defining it as: marked by lack of proper caution, careless of consequences

Sounds pretty negative right?

However in this song God’s love for us is essentially described as reckless; so does that mean God is carefree in His love for us? That He lacks concern in regards to our well-being?

I’ve studied the Bible, learning of God’s unconditional love. I’ve memorized scripture in reference to God’s immense love for each of us…but never have I read where He displays dysfunctional love for anyone, so I knew there wasn’t a chance God is being described as reckless in a literal way. As we sang over all of the words in the song I began to focus on the positive meaning and the message behind them. Below are the lyrics and I hope you’ll not just scan over them, but read them thoroughly, concentrating on each phrase and the truth within.

Verse 1
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
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, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Verse 2
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
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

Jesus often spoke in parables (a story used to illustrate a spiritual lesson).  Tax collectors and sinners would come to listen as Jesus taught. The Pharisees and teachers of religious law eagerly showed up as well, but with a different purpose: to criticize and trap Jesus as they didn’t trust that He was the Messiah who could save them. They didn’t agree with Jesus’ choice of the sinners He associated with and accepted.

With foes and friends surrounding Him, Jesus tells the parable of the lost sheep in Luke chapter 15: (paraphrased)

A shepherd is caring for his hundred sheep when one mindlessly wanders astray. Upon noticing, the man leaves the other ninety-nine to pursue that one lost sheep until it’s safely found. Once located he approaches it without any hesitation, even lifting it to his shoulders and returning it home to the others as the sheep is no doubt weary and weak from its solo adventure.

The next verses tell us that afterwards the shepherd calls together friends and neighbors, saying to them, “rejoice with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.”

But the story doesn’t end there—leave it to Jesus to go all out, He says to His diverse audience, “In the same way, as this parable, there is more joy in Heaven over ONE lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away.”

Don’t miss those words..pause and reflect over them..over the mercy, grace, and joy Jesus has for each ONE of us—when He finally gets us all to Himself, when we finally come to the end of ourselves, when enough is enough, and we allow Jesus to joyfully swoop us up into His arms and over His shoulders taking us straight where we need to be.

The first part of the chorus in the song reads:

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

This song points right to the parable of the lost sheep, yet some people disagree with it as they misunderstand the use of the term reckless…they focus too much on the ninety-nine and miss the significant importance of the ONE..they miss the beauty and passion and the fact that Jesus recklessly fights down strongholds just to obtain the ONE.

Some will listen to this song with the interpretation that our God is a reckless or careless God when in reality that’s not at all the message. Understand that God doesn’t do careless or stupid things. He does, however, have a righteously reckless love for each ONE of us, and will do everything and go anywhere possible to get us, but in a Holy “reckless” way…

You see friends I’ve been the ONE and in ALL of my past mess when I was running from God, He was right there with extraordinary reckless love as His prime motive trying to get me to see Him while I was the ONE being reckless. God met me in my weakness while I was broken and desperate. He hoisted me up on His shoulders, carried me along, and added me to the ninety-nine to be a part of His glory and celebration…it’s pretty incredible.

I hadn’t watched the music video for this song until someone close to me recently sent it to me in a text. Over ten years ago this person and I use to share drunk nights together. Now we’re sharing reminders of God’s faithfulness as He obtained each of us with reckless love, ONE and then the other. I’m not convinced that kind of thing happens by accident, but only by the reckless love of our Lord and Savior.

I’m asking you to listen to this video with open hearts. Allow Jesus to tear down strongholds.

I’ve now shared this song with several others who respond stating ‘goosebumps’ or ‘tears.’

About half way through the song Cory Asbury pauses to explain the meaning of what some interpret as offensive. It’s so worth watching and listening ALL THE WAY through—to see it not just as a performance, but to appreciate the very-real passionate worship as they praise God.

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

10 thoughts on “Reckless Love”

  1. My children and I absolutely love this song. This post gave such an accurate account of God’s unconditional, “reckless” love for us. When we listen to the lyrics, it is more than just a song, it is the story of His love for us. Well penned and thank you!

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    1. I also love how you said this song is a ‘story of His love for us’ ..And I love how fellow bloggers can help author one another’s post simply through wisdom, comments, and encouragement.

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      1. I will listen to the live version! When I read the post I wasn’t somewhere where I could listen and didn’t have headphones (oops). I agree, we do help one another, your post touched me and met me where I was yesterday. So, I thank you for that!


  2. I like that you said “I’m not convinced that this kind of thing happens by accident.” It made me think of our conversation about coincidence. This is why I’m close to saying that I don’t believe in coincidences. 🙂

    I was like you when I heard reckless love. I didn’t understand the reckless part, though I love the song too. Reading it word for word does help with that understanding. You can see the drama or trauma in those words. A desperation to hold His beloved child. A Savior who will do whatever it takes, even to death on a cross. It seems reckless doesn’t it?

    I can understand why someone might have a problem with the word “reckless” in reference to Jesus, but it’s a very creative interpretation. It’s actually pretty cool because His love may appear quite reckless, yet it’s perfectly planned. Still, I do like the dramatic interpretation. I think it adds to the passion behind the lengths that He will go to for the ones He loves.

    Great post Alicia!

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