In the beginning, God created humankind in His image. He gave us free will even though He knew that we would turn from Him and that we would sin. Even still, He loves us. His love is infinite, unfailing, perfect, and abounding. He loves us more than any human ever could. He knew us before we were born, before we were ever thought of. He knew what we would do, what we would be like and He loves us in spite of ourselves.
There’s a popular Christian song right now called “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and I absolutely love it! Some people think that the song is calling God “reckless” but it’s actually saying that He loves recklessly. It talks about how He pursues us even when we feel worthless, when we don’t live how we should, He still loves us.
“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”
There are parables in the Bible, which are simply stories with purpose behind them, they’re meant to teach something. The New Testament is full of parables that Jesus tells to teach us about God or who we should strive to be in a relatable way. So there’s this parable in Matthew 18:12-14 as well as Luke 15:3-7 about a shepherd who lost one of his sheep. He had 100 sheep but one went off and he didn’t see it. So he loved and wanted this sheep so much that he decided he would look for it. So he left his 99 sheep to go chase the one that ran away.
“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”
God loves us so much and his love is so unrelenting that He pursues us at every moment. He doesn’t let our faults separate us from His love. He sent His son to die on a cross so that we could live with knowing that we could live with Him for eternity (John 3:16). He knew that doing this would bring hope, but that some would still turn against Him even though He gave so much for them. He loved us while we were still sinners/His enemies (Romans 5:8) and I don’t know about you, but it’s very hard for me to love people that hurt me. He loved us anyway.
“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”
Reckless isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, the definition is “without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action”. Sure that sounds bad, but when it comes to love wouldn’t you want someone to love you recklessly? That’s exactly what God does. His love never changes and it never fails. We could never earn or deserve it, but He gives us His love anyway.