“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”
I know many who have heard this song and have said to me, “WOW!!How beautiful!” and then others I have seen say, “reckless? Gods love is not reckless!”
So I thought I would share my thoughts on this song. I honestly do not see how this has caused such controversy through some denominations. I see some have issues because it was a Bethel Music product, (Some have issues because Bethel ministries has been accused of doing things that seem sketchy. What? I am uncertain of. )
Let us look at what Cory Asbury meant when he wrote this.
Cory Asbury explains in the video below:
“When I use the phrase, ‘the reckless love of God’, I’m not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn’t consider Himself first. His loves isn’t selfish or self-serving. He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at him and offer ourselves in return. The recklessness of His love is seen most clearly in this- it gets Him hurt over and over. Make no mistake, our sin pains His heart. Yet, He opens up and allows us in every time. His love saw you when you hated Him- when all logic said , “They’ll reject me” He said, ‘I don’t care if it kills me. I’m laying my heart on the line”
Here is the thing,… for the first time today on the radio, I heard this song all the way through. As I listened to it, what I thought was exactly what Mr. Asbury said above. I thought, “Gods love wrecks my way of thinking. His love is not like what we experience with fellow man. God left heaven. Everything glorious, perfect and wonderful, because He wanted to make a way for me. He went out of His way for me! His love blows my mind!”
How can we even fathom His love? Nothing can compare to the love of God. Nothing! We can come close in our earthly relationships but, it can not and will never, compare to Gods mind-blowing-reckless-perfect-unfailing love.
Many people want to nit pick (someone who searches for faults the way they might pick nits(lice) from someones hair) every single thing that comes out of ministries, theologians, other denominations, all so that they can “call them out” as false teachers/prophets etc. These same people nit pick the scriptures. Though this is good to study Gods word, some things do not need such a microscopic study. Some things are clear. Like this song, in my opinion.
How petty it was to have received such a backlash, all because of one word.
My questions is:
Did you not hear the rest of the lyrics!? I get we want to make sure everything lines up with Gods word. How does this song not?
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[h] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Again, we can not fathom the Lords love for us? How deep it is. It truly “wrecks” my way of thinking of how Love should be. That He would leave the ninety nine for just one! That would seem “reckless”.
That He would love me before I even knew about Him? That seems reckless to me too!
On another note
A friend was sharing with me about the definition of “Prodigal”.
It is this: “having or giving something on a lavish scale, spending money or resources freely and r e c k l e s s l y, wastefully extravagant.” (Webster Dictionary)
Now, think about the Prodigal Son. His story is found in Luke 15:11-32. We know the Father gives his son all his inheritance. The older son see’s it as a reckless move of his father. But, nonetheless, the father gives it all. Giving him the best of everything.
God is like that to us. Knowing we don’t deserve his love, knowing we even may take His love for granted, knowing that not all will receive His love, knowing that we will keep screwing up looking to other things to fill us but, He gives it anyways. His ALL, for us! THAT seems reckless to my puny finite mind. We definitely do not know His ways.
SO, again, Why be so petty over one word? I challenge you to re-listen to that song with a different perspective. The perspective the writer was trying to imply.
Praise God His love is a Holy recklessness for us. Who else would give up everything beautiful and perfect for a wretched sinner like us?