Even though... I did not know Him.
Even though... I sinned against Him.
Even though... I failed Him.
Even though... I did not trust Him.
Even though... I did not believe Him.
Even though... I did not obey Him.
Even though... I ignored Him.
Even though... I am not holy.
Even though... I am not righteous.
Even though... (___________), fill in the blank, He loved me.
and the most eye-opening, life-changing revelation I've ever experienced is when I realized, accepted and trusted the fact that because He loved me, He died for me, and He made a way for me in all my blackness to spend an eternity in His presence. He took my place and put upon Himself the punishment that I was due for my sin. He did that because He loved me.
"We love, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
and He continues to love me. And nothing, absolutely nothing, can separate me from the love of my Father. And no one is able to take me away from or remove me from His love. I will always remember the day I came to Jesus, because He first came to me. I will never forget the darkness of my soul, nor the conviction of my lostness. And I will never forget the peace that flooded my entire being, nor the peace He instills in me since.
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39