Ok, so here’s a short story time…
The title “Reckless Love” has been on my blog topic list for weeks… probably months now! I’d heard Israel Houghton’s rendition of the song “Reckless Love“, immediately I fell in love with the song and instantly it was downloaded, went on my repeat playlist AND became a blog topic. One day, I knew I would write a blog about it because the song resonated with me so much when I first heard it and it still does every time I listen to it. I had already been having thoughts of things that I wanted to say whenever I did actually write it. Fast forward to Sunday, October 28th, before I went to church, one of my sisters posted a picture of this song from her car radio onto her SnapChat. I commented on it like “OMG sis, I LOVE THAT SONG!!! One day it’s going to be one of my blog topics!” Now after talking about it, the song is now in my head, so I listened to it on my way to church that morning. Same Sunday, church service is underway and my brother-in-law and the praise team start singing THIS SAME SONG!!! I couldn’t believe the irony and I’m not that big on coincidences either. I’m gawking is disbelief in my head, while jamming out to the song with them! I’m also thinking, first of all, “Sis is never going to believe this when I tell her!” So I take out my phone and recorded a SnapChat message of my brother-in-law tearing that song up and I send it to her. Second of all, “This must be a confirmation from God that I need to do this blog topic!”. So in the message I tell her, “well I guess this is my NEXT blog topic instead!” Now here we are today… And I’m finally writing this blog topic.
Ok, now let’s play a memory recollection game!
Step 1: Take a moment to think of the worst thing you’ve ever done in your life… No, you don’t have to say it out loud… No, you don’t have to share it with anybody else. The most important person already knows… Anyway… It doesn’t matter how long ago it was, it doesn’t matter how big or small the thing(s) you did was. Got it in your mind?! Ok,Great!
Step 2: Now take a moment and think of the worse thing someone else has ever done to you. (This one may be easier than thinking of that thing you did) LOL. Think of that time someone crossed you, came at you the wrong way, disrespected you, broke your heart, hurt you in an way, mistreated or abused you in any form… You know, that one thing that you may still be harboring feelings about?! That time you said you’d NEVER forgive so-and-so because of what they did?! Yea that thing! Got it in your mind?! Ok, Awesome!
Step 3: Release both of those things right now… Like totally and completely let it go, love! Release any burdens of weight or pain that those things may have caused to you or others. Release any residual ill feelings or tear filled sleepless nights that you may still have associated with whatever happened. Regardless of what you did, no matter the outcome of what it was, irregardless of how badly you were hurt or mistreated, God yet and still loves you despite your actions AND He still loves that person who wronged you, despite their actions towards you.
- Reckless- adjective. (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action
Now, let’s talk about God’s Reckless Love! Have you ever just sat in thought about your life, all of the things you have been through, all of the things you have experienced good/bad, all of your moments in life; the highs and the lows, every relationship that you’ve been in and out of, every ugly thing you’ve ever said out of anger (I can go on endlessly with this list…) and at the end of each thing, just say to yourself “yet Christ still loves me!”. It’s easy to think of and feel God’s love when we’re at our best, when we’re happy, when life’s grand! But it’s when we’re in the midst of our mess that we forget who God is. It’s in the middle of our ugly that we feel like Christ has forgotten and forsaken us. It’s in the eye of our storm that we think that Jesus has taken His eyes off of us! I dare to believe that is when He is loving us the most! In all honesty, those are the times that we’re in need of the most love right?! We feel like everyone loves us when we’re up, but often times we feel abandoned and alone when we’re down. One of the toughest words in our society is FORGIVE! Think about it! When we wrong someone, pride often times prevents us or prolongs our processes to ask for forgiveness. When we are wronged, pride also keeps us from or prolongs our process to forgive others. Then there are those people that never even think to ask for forgiveness. Likewise, there are those that never have the heart to forgive others.
- Forgive- verb. to stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake; to cancel a debt; to have mercy. Synonyms- pardon, excuse, overlook, disregard.
- Forgiveness- noun. the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven
Romans 5:8 says, “God shows His love for us, that while we were YET sinners, Christ died for us”… Meaning, while you’re in the middle of your mess, before, during AND after you commit any offense, whether you do or you don’t ask the offended for forgiveness, whether you do or you don’t have the heart to forgive your offender, God’s death covered the multitude of all of those sins BECAUSE He loved us then AND He still loves us now, irregardless of our own foolishness… So, question… Who are you to dare NOT to forgive someone?!?! Who are you to hold a grudge and say whether or not someone is deserving of your forgiveness?! In the same breath that you damn others, you’re damning yourself as well.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgement you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you”- Matthew 7:1 & 2
Now back to God’s Reckless Love… If you ever just sat in your quiet space, in your own mind, alone with your interrupted thoughts or daydreaming like I quite often find myself doing, the thoughts of the magnitude of God’s love can literally WRECK you! I’m talking about having you all in your feels wrecked, ugly crying and feeling so undeserving. Many times I’ve found myself becoming tearful in gratitude of just how great God is. Thinking of just how much He really has to love me in order to just deal with me sometimes! LOL. I’m a mess y’all! And I’m not exempt from any of the things I’m saying. Heck, writing this I can think of a quick 5 people off the top of my head that I’ve held grudges against, didn’t forgive, cut off for one reason or another. Yet and still, God loves me! Why?! Because His love is RECKLESS!!! Because He see’s beyond my faults. Because of His matchless mercy. Ultimately, because of His glorious grace!
- Grace- the unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God!
God’s love is overwhelming… His love is boundless… His love never ends… God’s love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out! There is absolutely nothing you can do or say to stop the flow of the love of God! God’s love is empowering. His love is all encompassing, unconditional and unwavering. God’s love is wrecking and reckless!
Does God’s unconditional, unwavering love toward us mean that we have a free pass to not ask for forgiveness and forgive others?! BY NO MEANS!!! “If anyone says, “I love God”, yet hates his brother or sister is a liar! For he who does not love his brother or sister who he has seen, cannot love God whom he has never seen!”- 1 John 4:20
None of us are perfect, none of us are exempt from the law to love others as God loves us. I’ll be the first to say I was once the queen of grudge holding. Some people til this day may never know why and it was wrong of me. But I’m better for it. I’ve grown from it. Have I perfected it?! By no means… But my daily prayers is, “Lord, look into my heart and remove all things that are not like you, and replace them with all things that are. Create in me a clean heart God and renew a right spirit within me!” It’s never too late to change a character flaw (which is what having an unforgiving spirit is), until it’s too late to change anything. Don’t let your unforgiving spirit be the stake that hammers your coffin shut and determines your path to the afterlife. The decision is yours to make…
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God”- Romans 8:38-39
Song(s) of the Week:
- Israel Houghton- Reckless Love
Stay Loyal, Stay Royal!
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