reckless

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a retreat. This was the first time I had ever experienced anything like this. It was extremely impactful, affirming and inspiring.

Over the weekend, we sang a lot of songs. There was one in particular that we sang probably a half dozen times, and it allowed me to hear it in a different way than I had heard it before.

Reckless Love by Cory Asbury

The word “reckless” is defined as utterly unconcerned about the consequences of some action; without caution; careless.

Read some of these lyrics and tell me if you would like to be loved this way:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me
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, yeah
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
And oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
And 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, yeah

I know there are a lot of broken people in this world. In fact, I am one of them. I have made many a mistake in my life and I know that I will make many more. The truth is that my God loves me this much. He loves all of us this much. We just have to turn to Him and accept it.

Many people will read that and scoff. I understand. There have been times where I have questioned His goodness and have even gone away from Him thinking that I could not serve a God that allowed the horrors of this world happen.

For much of my adult life, I sought everything this world has to offer and none of it could fill the hole I had in my heart. NONE of it. All it did was cause pain to those I cared about the most. All it did was give me a short term thrill or pleasure. It did NOT satisfy!

Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) says, “Come now, let us settle the matter, says the LordThough your  sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Read this same passage in The Message translation and the first sentence reads “Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”

What? Yes, that is right. It is OK to argue with God. He already knows our questions, our fears, our struggles and everything else. Why not go to Him and talk to him about them? I love this about my God. He let’s me come to him with anything and everything! He is a loving God, approachable and waiting to help us with our junk.

There is another part of the song that sums this up best.

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 pursues us with reckless abandon. His love for you is unconditional and available to you. He has already paid the price through Jesus death and resurrection. The things of this world can no longer hurt you. Put your faith and trust in Him and rest in the knowledge and peace that He’s got you.

If you have questions or want to know what it means to follow Jesus, please feel free to reach out. I would love to talk to you! I will not have all of the answers (I still have lots of questions myself), but will go on the journey with you to find them!

I know that I would rather believe and be wrong, than live in such a way that I have no hope, no comfort, no direction and be wrong…

Be blessed!

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