In the ocean of worship music that floods the contemporary Christian scene, certain songs manage to tap into a universal sentiment, resonating with the core of the believer’s heart. One such song is “Reckless Love,” written by Cory Asbury, which has stirred up a wave of reflection on the nature of God’s love—a love that defies human boundaries and logic.

The Premise of God’s Proactive Love

The song begins with a profound statement of God’s initiative in the relationship with humanity: “Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me / You have been so, so good to me.” This imagery is reminiscent of Zephaniah 3:17, which speaks of God rejoicing over His people with singing. The song’s opening lines establish that God’s love is not reactive but proactive; it is a love that precedes our awareness and actions.

The Breath of Life

“Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me / You have been so, so kind to me” – these lines echo the creation narrative where God breathes life into Adam (Genesis 2:7). This act of giving life is the ultimate kindness, a gift that is unearned and freely given, highlighting the graciousness of the Creator.

The Overwhelming Nature of God’s Love

The chorus emphasizes the intense and relentless nature of God’s love: “Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” The adjective “reckless” is not used to imply irresponsibility on God’s part but to express a love that goes beyond the limits of human understanding, a love that does not count the cost. It brings to mind the parable of the lost sheep, where the shepherd leaves the ninety-nine to find the one (Luke 15:4-7). It’s a picture of God’s extravagant love that pursues the individual with a passion that seems almost irrational to human sensibilities.

Love in the Face of Enmity

“When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me” – the song doesn’t shy away from the reality of human rebellion against God. Yet, it proclaims that even when we were opposed to Him, God’s love was undeterred. This mirrors Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The Price of Love

The song speaks to the depth of God’s love in terms of sacrifice: “When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me.” This reflects the Christian belief in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price for humanity’s redemption.

The Bridge: A Pursuit Without Barriers

The bridge of the song paints a picture of a love that knows no obstacles: “There’s no shadow You won’t light up / Mountain You won’t climb up / Coming after me.” These lines suggest that there is no place too dark or too remote for God’s love to reach us. It is a love that is active and dynamic, breaking through every barrier to reach the beloved.


“Reckless Love” is an anthem that encapsulates the radical nature of God’s love—a love that is initiating, sacrificial, and boundless. It challenges the listener to rethink the dimensions of divine love and to accept the profound truth that we are deeply loved by God. As the song continues to be played and cherished, it serves as a reminder of the relentless, pursuing, and overwhelming love of God—a love that transforms lives and hearts.