A RECKLESS LOVE---CHORUS

Oh (used to express an emotion (such as surprise or desire) or in response to physical stimuli)
The overwhelming (very great in amount),
Neverending (having or seeming to have no end),
Reckless (without caring about consequences)
Love of God

Oh,
It chases me down (pursues),
Fights til I'm found (defends),
Leaves the 99

I don't deserve it,
I couldn't earn it,
Still you give yourself away
(GRACE).

Oh, the overwhelming, neverending, reckless love of God.


***Not my typical style. I felt that this would be a powerful way to look at the chorus to this song. I didn't want to lose the meaning of the lyrics in a wordy, interpretive post. I pray that you have reflected on and are living in response to this great love.

A Reckless Love--- verse 1

In my last post, I introduced what will be a series of posts about the song Reckless Love. I aim to share a weekly post over the next month or so and share what is on my heart pertaining to each part of the song. With that in mind, the following are a few of my thoughts on [Verse 1], which says:

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

From the beginning, when God created man, He has desired relationship with us. Before we could ever sing Him a song, or write Him a poem or verse, or paint, dance, or any other creative way to express our praise for and love of Him, the Creator of creativity was delighted with us.

The Giver of life breathed life into each of us. Before we could ever impress him with any kind of effort.

Our lives are to be lived in response to His great goodness and kindness towards us. After all, it is His kindness that leads us to repentance. Without which, we have no access. We have no relationship. We are on our own and dead in our sins. We stand condemned.

As we journey through life with Jesus, I truly believe that we are to share that kindness and goodness with those we meet along the way. He pours into us and we are to spill out into our lives and helping, healing, serving, and loving our world. His indwelling Spirit leading us and responding with obedience in gratitude for all He is to us and all He has done for us.

Inhaling His grace. Exhaling His praise.

This is how we change the world.

A Reckless Love--- INTRO

I really like the song "Reckless Love". I think it is powerful, anointed, and is being used globally in leading us to a place of worship. Showing us a glimpse of " the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God".

Apparently, there is some controversy over the word "reckless" being used as a way to describe God's love.

I believe that God's love is multifaceted. He being the Creator and us being the created, I find it humerous that we would even begin to think we have him all figured out.

That being said, I like the word being used in this song. It fits. Especially when you consider the lengths He has gone to in order to share His love with us.

When Jesus was praying before His arrest and eventual crucifixion, He prayed. At one point, it seems He was interested in completing His mission a different way. He knew what was coming and He knew what it would cost Him to be obedient. He still chose to say, 'not my will, but Yours'....

Sounds pretty reckless to me.



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Old Notes

NOTE: I originally wrote this post in a notebook, almost 5 years ago. It's kind of unfinished and I sort of like it that way so I'm sharing it with you as it appears in my old notebook. I'm looking to dust off my blog. I thought with all of the changes the past year has brought to my life, this was a fitting way to dip my toe back into the blogging waters. Hope it connects with you in a meaningful way and helps you look to Jesus, even in the tough times.

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Think back to painful experiences you may have had.

Most often, there is a purpose behind the pain. In the midst of it, feelings of overwhelming depression cn creep in. You get in your head and whether it's audibly or not, you talk to yourself (and even yell sometimes, depending on who's home).

Our pain and trials force us to look to God and lean on Him (Psalm 119:71).

Not all things are good. That verse (Romans 8:28), does not promise roads lined with roses and lace. The promis is that all things, good and bad, are used by Almighty God in our lives. He can and will cause all things to work for good in your life.

Not for all things, but in everything, give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Exceedingly Thankful


Over the past year, and especially the past month, I have thought a lot about the idea of being thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). From leading prayer zone at the last home football game of the season, to many conversations with friends, to my own knowledge of my circumstances and all that God is doing in and through them. But really?! We're supposed to be thankful in ALL circumstances?

When everything is going well in life, we are getting our way, and we "feel" blessed, gratitude comes easily. It makes sense to be thankful in those circumstances. And then, there are those other times. You know, when things aren't going our way, it's all bad and no good in sight, and we feel like we are being punished for some reason (NOTE: that's not how God works).

Are we really supposed to be thankful when we don't seem to have much to be thankful for?

I have preached for years that "our circumstances do not compromise His character". What we go through in this life does not change Who He is. God on the mountain is still God in the valley. He is God. He is good. Even if and when my circumstances are not.

Having been through a pretty challenging year this year, I have had plenty of time to reflect on all of this. All I've been through. What I really believe about Who God is. In doing so, reflecting on this past year, difficult as it has been, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and thanksgiving.

I don't have to be thankful FOR everything that happens to me. You don't either. Some stuff just isn't fair and can be plain hurtful.

I can, however, choose to be thankful IN whatever circumstance I find myself in. Why?

Because, "all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28). Not all things are good. I believe our God specializes in bringing good out of big messes. After all, He turned a blood stained cross into an empty tomb! He can do the same thing in our lives. Bringing good out of even our most tragic circumstances. Beauty for ashes.

Not for all things, but in everything, give thanks.

I am exceedingly thankful.

17 YEARS

November 13th, 1999 I asked Jesus to save me. That was 17 years ago today. As I think about my journey with Jesus, it has been full of great moments. The kind of moments that fill you with pride, gratitude, and great joy. I have gotten to participate in some pretty amazing ministry endeavors in the last 17 years.

I can also look back on some times that were not so pretty.

It is easy, and even normal with the way social media is used, to romanticize our journey with Christ. You know what I mean. Seriously, who wants to hear about our weaknesses? Who wants to hear about those moments when life is hard? Who wants to hear about our failures?

I'm tired of all that. No wonder people are so disenfranchised with the church. We can maintain a facade of perfection but people see through that.

I have walked with Jesus for 17 years. 12 of those years I have served Him actively in ministry.

That sounds awesome, right.

What you don't is that over the course of these years, I have done many things I am not proud of. Sometimes even blatantly doing things I know to be wrong or sinful.

Today, I am reminded how incredibly thankful I am for my salvation. I am thankful for God's patience with me and I am thankful for his grace, that not only saved me 17 years ago, but continues to save me today.

My relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship in my life. Today, I approach every other relationship I have with a renewed sense of purpose as I intend to honor Jesus any way I can as I love the folks he has placed in my life. I want to be a better husband, father, and friend because of Jesus. I want those I love to experience His love through me.

By God's grace, it will happen.

Day by day.

Step by step.

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
Hebrews 10:14