The Reckless Love of God

The Church in many places now is singing a song called “Reckless Love.” It’s a beautiful song and the lyrics are precious, powerful, and thought-provoking (you can read them at the end of this post).

The chorus begins with the phrase

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Powerful! The first person I ever heard refer to the “reckless love of God” was Rich Mullins. He was the artist who sang “Our God is an Awesome God!” He had a song called “The Love of God” (lyrics below). In that song he referred to

the reckless raging fury

That they call the love of God

This concept of the “reckless” love of God is one the Church can not afford to miss! What God has done to bring us into fellowship with Himself even at the cost of His own Son; even at the cost of allowing people to be separated from Him eternally; all because He wants those who want Him! All for His love for us! Come on!

Reckless Love

Caleb Culver, Cory Asbury, Ran Jackson

[Verse 1]

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

I don’t deserve it

Still You give yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

[Verse 2]

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

The Love of God

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

I cannot find in my own

And He keeps His fire burning

To melt this heart of stone

Keeps me aching with a yearning

Keeps me glad to have been caught

In the reckless raging fury

That they call the love of God

Now I’ve seen no band of angels

But I’ve heard the soldiers’ songs

Love hangs over them like a banner

Love within them leads them on

To the battle on the journey

And it’s never gonna stop

Ever widening their mercies

And the fury of His love

Oh the love of God

And oh, the love of God

The love of God

Joy and sorrow are this ocean

And in their every ebb and flow

Now the Lord a door has opened

That all Hell could never close

Here I’m tested and made worthy

Tossed about but lifted up

In the reckless raging fury

That they call the love of God

Written by Richard Mullins • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group


3 replies »

  1. I just can’t agree with the notion of God as “reckless”. Reckless means careless and irresponsible.

    The shepherd in the parable quoted in the song wasn’t “reckless” when he left the 99 sheep to find the one lost sheep. The 99 were safe. If they weren’t the shepherd would not have been so irresponsible as to leave them.

    God Is NEVER reckless. He made a sacrifice for us but it was well considered and part of a masterfully crafted plan.

    This reminds me of Keller’s poorly considered book title, “The Prodigal Father”, as if God is wasteful or reckless in his “spending”.

    People need to check the definition of words before they start creatively using them, especially about God.

    • I appreciate your opinion Dan, though I believe you have missed the point. Recklessness is a concept that can be weighed out differently in different contexts. Let me ask you a question: when God “decided” (before the first creature was ever created) that He would indeed create humanity and give them free will, did He or did He not know that some would love Him and be saved and that countless others would not love Him and be damned? From one perspective–the perspective of someone who does not understand or know God–you could say it was reckless for God to risk the loss of countless souls to an eternal punishment in flames, just so that those who would love Him could love Him and be saved. But He did it, I think, because He is love and His love compelled Him to invite whosoever will to enter into His fellowship.

      The idea of leaving the 99 for the one who was lost can be seen as reckless, in a way, at least from the perspective of the 99 (we’re talking sheep, not Christians). The sheep might have thought, “What if an intruder or a predator comes while the shepherd is gone?”

      Either way, of course the definition of reckless means what you say, but figuratively, it can also refer to one who is so passionate that he or she was willing to spare no expense, willing even to die, for one he or she loves. Some would say that is a reckless love that doesn’t even care about itself in order to love another.

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