Right now there is a movement sweeping across America that describes God’s love as “reckless”. It all started in 2017 when Bethel Worship Leader Cory Asbury released the song “Reckless Love”. This song became the Number 1 single on the US Hot Christian Songs chart. It also won both Song of the Year and Worship Song of the Year at the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards in 2018.
But is God’s love really reckless?
When answering this question, we should always look to see what the Bible says. The short answer is that nowhere in the Bible is God’s love described as reckless. In fact, there are many bible verses that warn against recklessness:
One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.
Proverbs 14:16 – English Standard Version (ESV)
Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the Lord, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:32 – English Standard Version (ESV)
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 – English Standard Version (ESV)
So if God’s love is not reckless, what is it?
1 Corinthians 13:14 describes love as “patient” and “kind”. This is the complete opposite of reckless. And Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 5:10, and Psalms 3:5 all describe God’s love as “steadfast”.
In the bible, only fools are reckless. And God is no fool. His love is not reckless at all. This not biblical. In the bible, God’s love is patient, kind, and steadfast. So the next time you hear someone say God’s love is reckless, gently show them in the bible how God’s love is not reckless at all, but rather is deliberate, steadfast, patient, and kind.