Taking It Deeper


The question was raised
As my conscience fell
A silly, little lie
It didn’t mean much
But it lingers still
In the corners of my mind
Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather stay inside
But You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life that I’ve ever known
Yes, You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me
How You love me
It took more than my strength
To simply be still
To seek but never find
All the reasons we change
The reasons I doubt
And why do loved ones have to die?
I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man that called out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then, I turned away with this smile on my face
With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night, I still called out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life
Yes, You love me, Yes, You love me
Yes, You love me, Yes, You love me
How You love me
How You love me
How You love me


  • This is a song for those with Christian bumper stickers on their cars.
  • The ones who cut others off in traffic - even mistakenly.
  • The ones who then feel guilt about it.  Who have the thought about being a hypocrite.
  • That would be me, and I’m glad He loves me through all of my mistakes.


  • Someone may wrong us, but Jesus still calls us to love them.
  • It’s not easy to do.  It takes time to melt away the hurt.
  • That’s the amazing thing about Jesus.  He doesn’t require any time to forgive.
  • He does it immediately.
  • Even better, He does it before we even do the wrong.


  • Do you have that difficult family member that you know is just going to let you down?
  • I’m afraid that I’m that person when it comes to Jesus.
  • I’m so glad to know that He still loves me anyway.


  • Have you ever had it “out for a person?”
  • Was there someone you we’re out to get?  Maybe because of revenge?
  • God has every reason to treat us that way.  There’s been a lot of stuff done in this world to give Him a bad name.
  • But when God is “out for you” it’s not for revenge.
  • It’s for love.
  • Even after all we’ve done, He’s out to get us to draw us close, and to tell us He loves us more than anything.


  • God loves us all
  • No matter if you drive a minivan or a Harley
  • No matter if you wear a ball cap or a turban
  • No matter what habits you have, or what job you do, and no matter if you love Him or not.
  • God loves you anyway.


  • Little brothers don’t usually love little sisters.
  • Trying to get them to hug for a family picture is nearly impossible.
  • The Bible says that we are “co-heirs” with Christ, with God as our Father.
  • Jesus always loves His little brothers and sisters.
  • He’d want you in His picture,
  • Even if you’re a spoiled little brat, the shunned black sheep of the family, or the one who forgets to bathe, he still loves you anyway...


  • There’s a line in this song that says:   “I turned away with this smile on my face,
    With this sin in my heart tried to bury Your grace.”
  • There are people in the world who want to do evil to those who believe in Christ.
  • Jesus says to “give them your coat, turn the other cheek, go the extra mile” for them.
  • Are you experiencing that?   We’d love to pray for you.   (GIVE OUT CONTACT INFO)
  • Or, is your level of persecution along the lines of a neighbor or co-worker who makes disparaging comments about your beliefs?
  • Keep praying for them, and loving them, and be glad, because Christ told us that the world would not like us.


  • I’m surprised that when Jesus said to love your enemies He didn’t mention the crazy camel drivers on the road to Jerusalem that cut people off.
  • We have a hard time with people who drive like maniacs on (NAME A LOCAL ROAD)
  • The amazing thing about Jesus is that He told us to love all people - even those who do evil things like injustice, drug dealing, and human trafficking.
  • If we can find a spot in our lives to pray for those people, we can find a spot to pray for the crazy drivers we encounter.


  • We can say “I forgive you” that’s the easy part
  • The process of forgiveness is the hard part.
  • It may take years
  • You’ll know you’re done when you can actually wish all the best for the one who wronged you.
  • Jesus, amazingly, forgave us immediately, even when He was being crucified.
  • If He can do that, don’t you think He can love you no matter what you’ve done?

    Scripture References

    Romans 5:8

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


    Romans 10:20

    And Isaiah boldly says, “I was  found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”


    Hebrews 12:1-3

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.    Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


    1 John 3:16

    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.



    Your Own Experiences

    Think of a family member that’s hard to get along with.   Tie that in to how big Jesus’ family is and how He must have a lot of annoying people to love.   Does that   give you a new perspective?


    Have you ever told someone a lie and then had to fess up?   Did it make it all better between the two of you?   If it did, relate it to how Jesus always forgives us for our wrongs.   (And if it didn’t - then relate it to how Jesus ALWAYS forgives us for our wrongs).

    Bottom line:   Jesus always forgives and always loves


    Without naming names, talk about who you are in the process of forgiving, and how the process is going.


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