This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (Romans 5:8, NLT)
There is a song out that is popular in a lot of churches called “Reckless Love”. The first line in the chorus goes like this: “Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God…” When I first heard the song, I was a bit put off by that phrase “reckless love of God”. To me, reckless was being careless, irresponsible, thoughtless, and wild. Not exactly the description I would give God. I could not reconcile recklessness and God’s love. God is very intentional and doesn’t make mistakes, and He certainly isn’t thoughtless and irresponsible.
I have since had more clarity in the use of that word regarding God’s love and it comes with the synonym risk. Let me explain.
Have you noticed how much easier it is to love someone who loves you in return? Of course, you have; it’s what we expect. Unfortunately, there are times when our acts of love and kindness are not reciprocated. Now what?
The solution to this dilemma is really quite simple when we look at God’s Word (I said simple, not easy). Romans 5:8 tells us: This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other (NLT). This is what loving unconditionally is all about. If you will recall, the definition of agape, the God-kind of love, is doing what benefits the other. This is the kind of love this passage of scripture is speaking of. In other words, it doesn’t matter so much what your spouse or friend or child does or doesn’t do, you must still choose to love. And there are risks involved.
The risk we take when we choose to love unconditionally is rejection. That is the risk God took when, while we were still in our sin, Jesus died for us. Being the omniscient One He is, He knew that many would reject His love. That, however, did not stop Him. He was still willing to take the risk.
Remember, God didn’t wait until we were perfect before He gave us His greatest sacrifice. He loved us as though we already were! As challenging as that sounds, He wants us to do the same. Trust me, this cannot be done in our human power; it requires the power of God.
When you choose to do things God’s way and love unconditionally, He blesses your obedience. Scripture teaches us that to know God is to love Him and to love God is to obey Him.
God’s love is reckless in that He took a risk by loving us through giving up His Son for us even though we might not love Him in return. That should encourage us to take the same risk. Let’s give the love regardless of the lack of reciprocation. It sounds hard, but It will reap great rewards. You may not see all of them immediately; but if you are faithful to obey, God’s promise is sure.