Reckless Love of God?

“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”


ByCalebCulver,CoryAsbury,andRanJackson”RecklessLoveofGod”

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. 

“RECKLESS”

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?

Scripture time:

Ephesians 3:14-19
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?

Are you loving like Christ loves?

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Christians spout of phrases like, “God is love”, “Love one another”, “They will know you are Christians by your love”. Yet this I hold against you, Oh Christian…

that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Revelation 2:4

What happened to you? You received, accepted, acknowledged, believed (whatever your denominations terminology is) the Lord Jesus as your Savior. You loved him so much. You were willing to go anywhere for him, fight any battle, stand up against any foe in the name of Jesus. Yet,today many of you have NOT demonstrated the love that should be in you.

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I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.” Revelation 2:2-3

I see Christians display this  very verse proudly. They study Gods word diligently, which is good, but they are all about the study and not the seeking Him. They think they are so “spiritual.” but they forget the relational aspect of our walk with God. Then the fruit of this labor is they can not be relational. It is hard for them to love others as they do themselves. Because they have lost the love they once had. They play church and know Gods word but they don’t really know it.

I find that it can be easier to some to show love, because they themselves want to give what they may not have received, or they want to give what they have been given. Which are you and why are you not giving? If we all have been treated poorly, in love, by humans, we at least know how to love because our God first loved us! He demonstrated that on the cross for us! So why are we not showing that love? Here is why, because we are not abiding in him.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” John 15:4

We have been so easily distracted by the world and its desires. The things that allure us from our ONE TRUE LOVE …Jesus. We, Christians need to wake up! We need our eyes to be opened to the fact that we have drifted so far from Him. It is not just about the “head knowledge” but about the “heart knowledge”. And i know some get get all crazy why i mention “heart”, but i am not saying it from the sinners aspect, but from the spiritual side. the “deep calling to deep” side. Our spirit longs to be in relationship with the Lord. But we turn to other things because of pride, our flesh, etc.

Then the world see Christians who say:

“I can forgive the person who wronged my but, I don’t have to love them”

Did Jesus say that to us?

“I will forgive them but I don’t have to love them.”

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NO! In fact while we were still SINNING He still loved us! But the love that was demonstrated on the cross has grown dim in some believers. And so they do NOT know how to love like Christ loved us. They will spout off all the verses that talk about love, but can not demonstrate true sacrificial unfailing love. Friends, Christians…if we abide in Him we CAN demonstrate this kind of love. I have seen it among those in the faith. It is possible!

God help us and forgive us! I leave you with this quote and this verse. Family of God we need to start getting our act together. The Lord is coming soon!

Brennan Manning Quotes. The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 2:7

 

A turkey and some mistletoe

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I do have to say that this time of the year is special.One of my favorite seasons. The falling snow. (when it is not a blizzard..lol) The sparkle of it at night in the moonlight. The  quietness. The crunch of the snow. Ok I am going to say it..the snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes!

My dad and I have this silly thing, it can be dangerous too. When it is snowing out,like really heavy snow, we like to go out in it and eat as a family in the local restaurant. I don’t know what it is. It is something about being with family, eating, and watching the falling snow. I have always liked it. I know it would be safer to stay at home. But then it isn’t as special.

The homes decorated with lights. The glow of the lights on your children’s faces (or loved ones). Kids building snow forts from the mounds. Seeing tracks of that bunny that raced through the yard. Hot cocoa heaping with marshmallows. Warm cookies. Sugar, ginger, snicker doodle. The frosting of the cookies and the sprinkles that get everywhere. The red hots that mark the nose on the reindeer, or the buttons on the snow man you just made.  There is just something in the air.The smell of cinnamon maybe?

You see neighbors helping each other out. Shoveling sidewalks, driveways, and digging cars out of the snow. Icicles forming. Windows frosting over.  It is cold outside but you feel so warm on the inside.

Those dreamy wintery songs. The Christmas carols and hymns. Candle light services.Christmas programs. The nativity scene.

Hope, Love, and Peace. For a moment in time. We agree all around the world. Men at war have come to a stand still in honor and respect for Christmas. There is something about this season.

It is about the reason.

Jesus

He brings the peace, the Love, and the hope. Our eyes seem to be more open this time of the year for a reason. I know Christmas started out as a pagan holiday, but it has become about Jesus. Whether, it was a compromise to worldly tradition, or not most Christians associate this holiday with our Lord. They honor and bless his name. This is why I like this season. It means so much more.

If he hadn’t come, we would all be lost. We celebrate it this time for many reason. Not because Jesus was literally born on December 25th (because he wasn’t). Some believe that it was when the magi came and offered their gifts. It is because the world had taken this time to worship something other than God. Why not bring it back to Him. Should we not glorify him in every season? Even more in the dark seasons. Bringing light. Just like the Lord did for us. Bring light into our dark world.

So don’t get wrapped up in the craziness of the holiday. Think about what and who it is all about. Enjoy your family. Maybe it is a time to refocus, it has been a crazy year. Rekindle that love for the Lord. Whatever it is for you…I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. And I thank the Lord for you!