reckless love of God

Is Cory Asbury’s song Reckless Love biblical? There are a lot of people that take issue with the song. But it continues to be incredibly popular in churches across the country.  To answer the question, let’s start by looking at one of the dictionary’s definitions of the word reckless.

“utterly unconcerned about the consequences of

some action; without caution; careless…”


Cory gave the world an answer to why he used the word reckless. You can read Cory’s full explanation below, but the short explanation is:

“I’m not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so.”

Now, there’s nothing wrong with calling God’s love reckless when you mean it in the right way. If you’re saying that God didn’t think of the consequences, that’s foolish. Obviously God knows the consequence of everything that He does. If you’re using the word reckless to try to describe the way that God loves, it’s not wrong.

A more accurate term would be “selfless”, but I don’t think the way that Reckless Love describes God’s love is inherently wrong. I don’t think anyone who sings the song is trying to attribute anything negative to God’s love, and if that’s the case, there’s nothing wrong with the song.


  1. What do you think about the premise of the song? God left the 99 for the 1. Corey says:

    Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
    Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

    The word doesn’t have God leaving the 99, it has man leaving the 99:

    Matthew 18:12
    “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?”

    Luke 15:4
    “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”

    God needn’t leave the 99 for the 1, He’s omnipresent. The reason we CAN leave the 99 for the 1 is BECAUSE He is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, knows the end from the beginning, has begun a good work in us and will be faithful to complete it… Of course it’s speaking of His love, so could very well be interpreted as His love through man, through us. I don’t know, just observances…

    1. Hey Eric, thanks for the comment! I think you’ve got a point, but I believe the “He leaves the ninety-nine” saying is just a figurative way of saying God cares about every individual person. God bless!

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