God's Reckless Love

We worship a God who is infinitely glorious, beautiful, holy, powerful, and more. Words fail as
we try to “ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name.” (Ps. 96:8). Our finite perspective and
human limitations mean that even the most beautifully written song falls short of ascribing to the
Lord the glory and honor He is due.


We want to say things that reflect the nature of God, including those attributes which confound
us. God’s love for us is beyond comprehension. Why would God send His only Son to die for
people who squander all that has been freely given to them? Why does God pursue us when we
are rebels, when we are His enemies?


This kind of love seems reckless. We know, however, that God Himself is not reckless. He is
perfect: perfect in power, order, and in His plan of redemption. His love is unlike any other love
we have experienced. It’s a love that leaves the 99 sheep to go after the one that has strayed.
His love is steadfast, never leaving nor forsaking us. Though His love appears reckless to us, it
is anything but reckless. His love is the perfect picture of what real love looks like.
I love the way Dr. Glen Packiam explains God’s reckless love:


Regarding the specific phrase, “reckless love,” I can see the concern. Reckless may seem to
imply that God was careless or that his love is destructive - we’d rather say his love was
purposeful and intentional or relentless.


But the point of using the word reckless is that it shows us by all accounts God’s loving us was
not what we’d call a wise investment.... yet He loved us anyway. Theologian John Barclay calls
this the ‘incongruity of grace” — God’s love or us is not congruent with our worth or our state.
So, from conventional wisdom, it is reckless. A reckless use of money is to give an inheritance
to someone who squanders it; it’s to give a feast to someone who deserves to starve, it’s to give
a robe and a ring to someone who should be wearing a ball and a chain. But the wisdom of God
is foolishness to the world. And the foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of the world.
Thanks be to God!


This weekend, as we learn and sing this song together, may we be reminded of His steadfast
love for us. May the truth that lies underneath the term “reckless” drive us to utter gratefulness
for a love we don’t deserve. Or, maybe we know someone who is far from God and wants
nothing to do with Him. We know that God’s “reckless” love will pursue them even though they
don’t deserve it. If they are His, His love will win out.
I can’t wait to sing about His love with you this weekend. See you Sunday.

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
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

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