Taking It Deeper


If I sing but don't have love
I waste my breath with every song
I bring, an empty voice
A hollow noise
If I speak with a silver tongue
Convince a crowd but don't have love
I leave a bitter taste
With every word I say
So let my life be the proof
The proof of Your love
Let my love look like You
And what You're made of
How you lived, how You died
Love is sacrifice
So let my life be the proof
The proof of Your love
If I give to a needy soul
But don't have love then who is poor
It seems all the poverty
Is found in me
(Repeat Chorus)
Ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
When it's all said and done
Ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
When we sing our final song
Only love remains
Only love remains
(Repeat Chorus)


This is your service project song.   If your station is doing anything from a diaper drive to a mission trip,   this song is your soundtrack.

This song is about putting feet to feelings.   So, if you have to do a liner or announcement about some community service your station is doing, do it going into this song for maximum impact.

In the same way, if you are doing a story about someone who is helping the community, do the story before playing this song.   Challenge your listeners to think about serving while they listen to the lyrics.


  • Have you heard the story of Crystal and Devin Maxwell?
  • Devin is in Canadian Navy, deployed on the HCMS Regina.
  • Before he left he secretly penned 241 love letters to his wife, Crystal.
  • She opens a new one everyday.
  • More than 26 million people have viewed her story on the internet.
  • It's proof that simple acts of love can have incredible power.
  • (Here’s the link to the story, in case you want to post it: http://imgur.com/a/tNLyO )


  • Claire had worked steadily since she was 14.
  • Then, at 51, she found herself without a job.
  • When she had to walk into the food bank for assistance, she was embarassed.
  • She said “I never thought I would end up here.”
  • Pamela, who volunteered at the facility, reassured Claire that it was OK.   That’s why they were there - to help tide people over during difficult times.
  • Pamela says that one thing she’s discovered by volunteering there is the need to accept others without passing judgement.   She says, “From the outside, you get the impression these are lazy people who won’t work.   But after working here for awhile, you realize there are all kinds of reasons why people are where they are.   None of them are nice reasons.”
  • Folks like Pamela, who help others, know the truth found in this song.
  • The truth about how we need to serve, and how we should not speak judgment.


  • Who in your life needs to see a little love today?
  • Maybe it’s a spouse who is working hard trying to keep finances or the house in order.
  • Maybe it’s a friend who’s feeling lonely?
  • Maybe it’s a co-worker who irritated you?
  • What is the most loving thing you could do for that particular person today?
  • This song reminds us that, because Christ loves us, we need to show a little love to others.


  • St. Francis of Assissi (A-see-see) gave us so many great sayings about loving others.
  • He was the one who said “Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.”
  • And, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.   where there is hatred, let me sow love.”
  • And finally “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
  • He understood that love needed hands and feet to carry out the work of God, just like this (that) song does.


  • The Bible is full of stories where one person had to make hard choices to show love to another.
  • Esther going before the king for her people, Ruth going against the norms for the sake of her and her mother-in-law’s future.   Abraham, Joseph, and the Good Samaritan all had to make sacrifices to show love to others.
  • It is how we should live and this song reminds us of that.


    Scripture References

    1 Corinthians 13:1

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.


    Luke 6:27-32 (Words of Jesus)

    “But to you who are listening I say:  Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners love those who love them.”


    Luke 10:25-37

    On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

    “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

    He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

    “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

    But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

    In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.  So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

    “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

    The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

    Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

    Your Own Experiences

    Recount a story of a person who didn’t just say they would pray for you, but actually did something tangible to show they cared.


    Sooner or later there will be a news story about someone who did a good deed for another and made a difference.   Perhaps a story of a child who has cancer and how another child gave all the money out of his piggy bank - and then how that gift then prompted others to give.   This is the song to play for situations like that.


    Talk about how we try not to take the last donut.   You know how it is, you go by the break room and that one last donut is calling out from the box, but you want to leave it for someone else.   You can joke about that being your loving act of sacrifice today before you go into this song.   Or maybe you can joke about how you threw the last donut away as an act of sacrifice.  Sacrificing calories you and your co-workers didn’t need, and cleaning up the break room at the same time!


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