This post is much longer than most of my Glimpses posts, but I hope you will stay with me until the end.
If you haven’t yet popped over to last week’s link up post, I shared a new song written by Cory Asbury, Reckless Love. It has been on repeat in my mind and heart all week. Go ahead and visit last week’s post and have a listen. I’ll wait.
So good, right?
Some of my readers mentioned that they had never thought of God’s love being reckless. To tell you the truth, neither had I. I just know how much the words to this song resonate in my heart and spark a “YES!” in my spirit.
Last week on his Facebook page, Cory Asbury shared why he’d use what most would construe as a “negative” word to describe God. This is so good that I asked permission to share his explanation here on my blog. If you’ve listened to this song and had questions about why reckless love, I hope this will help to put it all into perspective.
Be sure to read to the end of the post for my weekly gratitude list, and a place to link up your posts.
Here is what Cory had to say about his new song, Reckless Love:
Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, “reckless love”. Many have wondered why I’d use a “negative” word to describe God. I’ve taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.
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. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn’t crafty or slick. It’s not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it’s quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn’t consider Himself first. His love 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.
His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time. To many practical adults, that’s a foolish concept. “But what if he loses the ninety-nine in search of the one?” What if? Finding that one lost sheep is, and will always be, supremely important.
His love isn’t cautious. No, it’s a love that sent His Own Son to die a gruesome death on a cross. There’s no “Plan B” with the love of God. He gives His heart so completely, so preposterously, that if refused, most would consider it irreparably broken. Yet He gives Himself away again. 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. And “70 times 7” is a lot of times to have Your heart broken. 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.”
To get personal, His love saw me, a broken down kid with regret as deep as the ocean; My innocence and youth poured out like water. Yet, He saw fit to use me for His kingdom because He’s just that kind. I didn’t earn it and I sure as heck don’t deserve it, but He’s just that good. Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
491. It is officially summer vacation for my kiddos.
492. Beach trips, youth camps and sleepovers in the works.
493. The gift of a new pair of Clarks sandals.
494. Celebrating our youngest son’s 14th birthday.
495. A great loss at the scale this week!
496. Fitting in to a size smaller capris.
497. Reminders from friends that I am worth it.
498. The grace to let go of my mistakes and keep running the race.
499. A beautiful father’s day with our kids.
500. The love of God that never stops chasing me down.
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