Reckless Love. You mean God is reckless?

First of all, I never liked the song Reckless Love when it came out in late 2017. To be honest, I thought it was just another misinterpreted  love song by a gospel artist with a twisted agenda , based on its title. I was also adamant about playing it on radio until when I decided to listen to it later in 2019. I loved it . It was my type of worship music.

The brilliant piano chords and every other element that Cory had input in the production of the song was amazing. One question ringed in my head, however. So you mean God is reckless with the way He loves? How? Why? Since when? I went ahead and watched the full version of the song with the story behind it and the whole concept became clearer to me. If you have never heard of the song ,

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So, the whole song is based on the Parable of the lost sheep that Jesus gave in Luke chapter 15.

 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Cory Asbury goes ahead and explains what he means when he uses the phrase ‘Reckless Love’.

        When I used the phrase, ‘the reckless love of God,’ when we say it, we’re not saying that God Himself is reckless, He’s not crazy. We are, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. But what I mean is this: He’s utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His own actions with regard to His own safety, comfort and well-being. …

He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself on the line, He simply puts Himself out there on the off-chance that you and I might look back at Him and give Him that love in return. His love leaves the ninety nine to find the one every time and to many practical adults that’s a foolish concept. Well, what if He loses the ninety nine in finding the one, right? What if, finding that one lost sheep is and always will be supremely important?

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Jesus has been presented to us several times in the New Testament as the good shepherd .You can read John chapter 10 to discover more about him being the good shepherd and how he lays his life down for the sheep. Whenever the shepherd notices that one sheep is missing, he gets anxiety and goes out looking for it. The same way, Jesus feels bad and anxious when he sees you and I fall.

When we get lost He sets out to look for us because He knows we can’t make it back on our own. Sometimes we think that we can get back to the right way easily, and that’s where we fail. Jesus died on the cross to be a bridge between us and God. We can get right back to God, but through Him. He doesn’t look for us to punish us or to judge us .Just like the shepherd, He puts us on his shoulders and carries us back home, away from our misery. There is a no better place to be than on the shoulders of Jesus.

There, we will find forgiveness and peace. There is freedom from habitual sin and an assurance of eternal life .In His shoulders, we feel loved, secure and confident. The idea of losing the other 99 may look odd and as Cory Asbury puts it, reckless, but finding the one lost sheep remains supremely important to Him. He cherishes us when we repent and let Him take us back home. Nothing can make me happier than knowing that there is some heavy rejoicing in heaven because of me.  To be the one should be supremely important to us, as it is to God.

It is my prayer that you and I always find space in our hearts to repent and make God happy. He knows our sinful nature and He understands it more than we do. His love for us remains the same before and after we sin. Understanding his love for us is an important step in finding ourselves .When our eyes are open enough to see the love that He has for us ,the love that made him sacrifice His only Son, we will then be very quick to repent and be the ‘one’’.

God Bless you for stopping by and reading this.

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