At lunchtime, on Wednesdays, a group of Middle School students gather in the pastor’s Lifehouse to learn more about God and his love for them. This term we’ve been looking at a series called Reckless Love by Next Step Ministries. Throughout this study, we have heard the testimonies of people who have had their lives transformed by the love of God.
The reckless love of God is a phrase used to describe the overwhelming, unconditional, and selfless love of God for humanity, even in the face of our imperfections and mistakes. It is a love that is not based on our performance or merit, but rather on God’s character and nature.
The phrase “reckless love” comes from the idea that God’s love for us is so intense and all-consuming that it defies human understanding. It is a love that pursues us relentlessly, even when we try to push it away or turn our backs on it. It is a love that is willing to take risks and make sacrifices for the sake of those who are loved.
This idea of reckless love is often associated with the biblical parable of the prodigal son, in which a father welcomes back his wayward son with open arms, despite his disobedience and rebellion. This story illustrates the unconditional love of God, who is always ready to forgive and restore us, no matter how far we may have strayed.
Ultimately, the reckless love of God is a reminder that we are valued and cherished, not because of anything we have done, but simply because we are loved by the creator of the universe. It is a love that transforms us, heals us, and gives us hope, even in the midst of our darkest moments.
Last week, we asked the students if they could come up with a way to share God’s love with their peers so they felt valued and cherished.
After much thought, they decided to attach heart-shaped chocolates to cards and handwritten notes that would inform the recipient that they were loved. As the students returned from giving out their cards and notes it was lovely to see that this simple gesture had created a lot of joy not only for those who had received but also for those who had given.
Donna Newell, Secondary College Pastor