One seeming controversy concerning this song centers around the idea of God’s reckless love. Some believers thought Cory’s song was saying the perfect, omniscient God was reckless. Before we allow Cory to present his own explanation, let’s consider the definition of the term reckless. The Oxford dictionary defines the term “reckless” as heedless of danger or the consequences of one’s actions; rash or impetuous. Now listen to Cory.
When I use the phrase, “the reckless love of God”, I’m not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am saying that the way He loves, is reckless. He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions – without regard to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn’t crafty or slick; it’s not cunning or shrewd. In fact, His love is quite childlike, and sometimes downright ridiculous. His love doesn’t consider Himself first; it isn’t selfish or self-serving. He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.
His love isn’t cautious. No, it’s a love that sent His Own Son to die a gruesome death on a cross. There’s no “Plan B” with the love of God. He gives His heart so completely, so preposterously, that if refused, most would consider it irreparably broken. Yet He gives Himself away again. The recklessness of His love is seen most clearly in this – it gets Him hurt over and over. Make no mistake, our sin pains His heart. And “70 times 7” is a lot of times to have Your heart broken. Yet He opens up and allows us in every time. Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God rejoices when one of His long lost children comes to their senses and returns to Him.