Recently I was having a conversation. I was telling someone about my past and some of the awful things I'd done. I could tell it really hurt him deeply. He was angry and went for a walk. I just sat, so disappointed in myself. Ten minutes later he came back, rather than still being angry, he gave me a big hug and told me he loved me.
In the time he was gone, I felt so broken and lost. I didn't know what to expect when he returned. I didn't expect him to show such grace. I expected some type of conflict or confrontation. That's what I deserved.
Salvation is like that. He illustrated it for me in such a real way. God doesn't love us because we are good. He doesn't love us because of anything we could ever do. He loves us in spite of what we do. He loves us just because.