By Serenity Beaumont, Spiritual Life Junior Division Head.
“Oh the overwhelming reckless love of God. Oh it chases me down, fights till I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine”
-Cory Asbury, Bethel Music
In recent chapels, it seems that we have grown a major fascination with the song “Reckless Love.” And I personally love this song for the message and example it displays for both Christians and non believers. When I first heard this song, I questioned it, saying, “why would somebody write a song about God being reckless?” As I reflected on this song more and more, I realized that this was definitely not the case. This song doesn’t say that God Himself is reckless, but that we perceive His love and actions as being reckless.
This word, reckless, I thought was an interesting adjective to describe God’s love for us. When I think of God’s love, I believe it is relentless, persistent, ceaseless, and of course many more adjectives. The word reckless means sheer ambition and thoughtlessness. So why is this word equated with God’s love? I think we need to simply look at the verse John 3:16 (NIV) which says, “For God so loved the world that He gave is one and only son.” This action in itself is reckless. It’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that God in His great love for us sacrificed His only son for a world of sinners who didn’t deserve love at all. His love for us doesn’t wonder what it will gain or lose, even though he puts it on the line. And the reassuring fact is that God would save us again and again because His love for us is so immense and vast. The cause of our salvation is based upon the ultimate reckless love God has for humanity. The next time you hear this song, remember the depth of love God has for each of you.