This week I’ve had Reckless love by Bethel stuck in my head. I’ve been listening to it pretty much every day and humming it constantly.
Not only is the tune catchy but the lyrics are beautiful.
The overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God.
That doesn’t sound much like God, right?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means for God to love recklessly, and how we can reflect that reckless love by how we treat others.
So, how do we love recklessly?
Often we withhold love from others because of fear. Will we get hurt? Will we be humiliated?
I reckon our brains naturally work with the equation: THEY LOVE ME + THEY SHOW ME THAT LOVE PRACTICALLY= I WILL LOVE THEM IN BACK
but this equation isn’t the gospel.
I didn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still you gave yourself away.
God doesn’t love us because we love Him, HE JUST LOVES. He loves us because are His children. He loves us because of who we are not what we do.
God doesn’t extend love on the basis of how well we show our love for Him.
He just adores us.
When we live in this reality, everything changes. We realise that we don’t have to strive, we don’t have to serve every week at church, and fear slipping up. We just accept His love, because it’s a gift that can’t be earned.
We begin to crave time with Him and want to live according to His word, not to try to persuade Him to love us, but because we have accepting His invitation to live in relationship with Him.
We don’t always love well, we make mistakes, we feel jealousy, fear, anger, bitterness. But God doesn’t love according to the human equation, he loves RECKLESSLY.
‘made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved‘ Ephesians 2:5
So, what is a reckless love?
A love that doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t follow the rules. It’s non-sensical.
A love that isn’t afraid of not being loved back.
A love that isn’t always ‘safe’, it calls us out of our comfort zone.
A love that ignores preconceptions and doesn’t have prejudices.
A love that values the individual and see’s them as unique and wonderfully and fearfully made.
This is the reckless love of God but I reckon we can be challenged to love in a similar way. It’s tricky, right? To forgive someone who hurt you? To let go of bitterness and disappointment in people?
We don’t always love in this way, I know I certainly don’t. But everywhere I look right now, I see hurting people. The world needs more people to boldly step out and love actively, passionately and recklessly.
How can you love people recklessly this week?
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