Is God’s Love Really Reckless?

Is God’s Love Really Reckless?

There’s a popular song being played on almost every Christian radio program and being listened to and enjoyed, by countless people.

 

The song is called, “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury.

 

Here are the lyrics:

 

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, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

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

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

And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

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

And 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, yeah

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

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

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

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

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

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

And I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

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

 

-Cory Asbury “Reckless Love”

 

When I first heard this song, I enjoyed it. The majority of the lyrics have some great truth to them. I’ll admit it, as a drummer,  it’s also a really fun song to drum along with.

 

But, there’s one word. One word that made me pause and think. I had to question the word and whether it accurately describes God’s love for us.

 

Is God’s love really Reckless?

 

As I thought about this, read verses about God’s love, and studied the dictionary, I realized using the word “Reckless” in a way, minimizes the glory and magnificence of God’s love.

 

At the same time, I want to be careful not to be over the top and inconsiderate of Asbury’s intention with his choice of words.

 

And, though, I understand what Asbury is trying hard to convey, I also realize no words in our English dictionary can truly describe the greatness and glory of God’s love, I still believe that his usage of words is careless. There are better words, I think, that would describe the love of God more accurately.

 

Now, I don’t mean to be some sort of negative conformist who says, “Bad, bad, bad!” But, I think it’s important as believers, to be careful and considerate of the words we sing to our Almighty God!

 

God became man and lowered Himself to the lowest form possible, He died the cruelest and undeserving deaths one could die. But, he didn’t come to earth not knowing what would happen or not caring about what He would ultimately accomplish, He knew exactly what He came to do.

 

God the Father knew that Jesus would say, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Yet, he chose to send Christ to die anyway. He died for us all while knowing the ultimate consequences, and that makes it all the more glorious.

 

God’s Love is Fully Intentional, The Glory of the Cross is accumulated in the fact that God knew the consequences of His death on the Cross, yet He still willingly and intentionally died, for us.

 

That’s not a reckless love or a reckless God. That’s a fully intentional, caring, considerate, fierce, faithful, love. While no words can truly describe the magnificence of God’s amazing love, I believe the word “Reckless” demeans the very nature of God.

 

I don’t say all of this to stir up strife or controversy, and I don’t believe this is an issue to divide over. But, I believe Christians should not be careless with the words that we sing about God. I don’t think we should be careless or reckless especially with the words we use to describe God, or His love.

 

On the contrary, we should be considerate and oh so careful with the words we sing to God. The almighty creator and savior of our souls!

 

I love what 2 Timothy 1:8-9 says, It’s so fitting for us to read this we’re thinking about these things,

 

So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. -2 Timothy 1:8-9 (CSB)

 

Wow, what amazing and intentional love!

 

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Published by Zachary Pierpont

Zachary is a 17-year-old blogger with a passion for Christ. His blog is all about Christian living, mostly directed toward young people. His desire is to encourage and strengthen those who read his writing to chase with all their heart the mind-blowing wonder of Christ. He loves spending time with friends and family, playing drums and guitar, writing, and enjoying God's beautiful creation in Northern Michigan where he lives. You can find him on his blog, zacharypierpont.com.