Karen shares her experience of God’s ‘Reckless Love’ this #WorshipWednesday …
I heard this sung in church one Easter Sunday, by Aimee, and I went home and watched it on YouTube as it touched my heart so much, because I have been blessed to have experienced the love of God in my life. This song illustrates how we experience this love as his children, and it has no limits. It may push against the boundaries of the typical definition, but gives us poetic language to describe God’s expansive love.
Reckless love, is the way God loves us. It is reckless to human perspective as he loved us that way, so much so, that His love bankrupted heaven for us. A love that finds us, no matter where we are just now (Psalm 139:7-10).
This song captured the imagination of Christians with his description of the overwhelming nature of God’s kindness and goodness. Steeped in scriptural references, the song describes a love that pursues us even when we were unbelievers (Romans 5:7-8).
His goodness is part of the essence of who he is and how he interacts with his children. Paul assures us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). And, God is the source of all good in the world because “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17).
There is no shadow he won’t light up, we can have dark times in our lives and do not know a way forward, but when we bring Jesus into the situation it changes everything with his divine presence. Faith keeps the darkness at bay and his light will not leave us, neither does the darkness. The good news is that his light gives us life, and in turn we can share Christ’s light with others when their light grows dim or darkness overwhelms someone close to us.
The song reminds us of the shepherd who is responsible to care for 100 sheep, just one sheep goes missing. But the shepherd does not take the safe option. Instead of considering the odds and staying with the vast majority of sheep, he leaves the 99 sheep together on a hillside and goes to rescue the one sheep who has wandered away. God recklessly pursues us in the same way still today.
Together with Paul we can pray for the ability to understand more of this love as we try to “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).
I believe that God desires all His children to be successful, significant, fulfilled, satisfied, joyful, and secure in the knowledge that we are loved, with this reckless love.
Listen to Reckless Love here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sc6SSHuZvQE