Its Valentine’s day; I know. I am not posting this to play off of this holiday (Or whatever you call it), this is something that I have been chewing on for a while and will challenge two separate groups of athletes with today during our weekly bible studies. That subject is “Reckless Love”. Here is what Im thinking.
Willow is three going on thirteen. One of these days I am going to have some wimpy, pathetic, pimply faced (I kid) young man pursuing her without her fathers blessing. I also realize that Willow will probably give her heart to some young man who hasn’t earned it and doesn’t quite deserve it far too early in life. I was apart of this scenario more than I would like to admit in my adolescence. I pray that she will make wise relationship decisions, but am realistic to the fact that she may whiff a time or two.
Imagine a scenario that plays out like this. Willow falls deeply for a young man. She pursues this young man despite the fact that he doesn’t reciprocate those feelings. The young man plays her, shows a little interest at times but never anything that can resemble any type of commitment to her. He flirts at commitment to her but also with other girls. He cheats on her. She loves and pursues him in spite of the fact that he may never love her back. This scenario is nightmarish for me. I would try to council her; tell her to move on. I would tell her that this was reckless, even scandalous of her. Who in their right mind would consider loving and pursuing a person like this?
I am grateful that our God does. He loves us, pursues us, sacrificed, and never waivers. He does/has done all of this even despite the fact that there will be many that never respond with love or commitment to Him. Im thankful for a God who’s love is scandalous and reckless.
- If you want to check the text out that I will teach from look at the first few chapters of Hosea and the “scandalous” command that God gives to Hosea.