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Q:

I have had an abortion and feel so guilty. Can God forgive me?


A:

God wants to bring peace, forgiveness, and joy to your life—and He will if you will let Him. Anything that separates you from God, including having had an abortion, can be forgiven if you come to Him in true repentance (Ephesians 1:7, Romans 3:25, 1 John 1:7). This is done by confessing your sins to the Lord and pleading the blood of Christ with its power to remove sin and guilt from anyone who asks. There is no question about God’s forgiving, but sometimes we are not willing to confess our sin and commit it to Him for forgiveness.

As we commit the actions of the past to God, we receive peace, comfort, and assurance through Christ. We believe that God, through His Word and the power of His Spirit, can minister peace to you in the midst of your emotional distress; God’s Word offers us the peace that passes all understanding. As you fully commit this problem to the Lord, you will begin a new relationship of hope and comfort in Christ which will assure you that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

David was deeply distraught about overwhelming conditions in his own life which blurred the sense of God’s presence, but in Psalm 51 he expresses assurance that the joy and fellowship of the Lord have once again become real to him. In other words, he experienced the unfailing love and compassion of God in times when he was plagued with self-condemnation.

After turning a problem over to the Lord, we often pick the problem up once more and agonize over it again and again. Instead, we must decisively choose to leave the matter with Him and put it out of our minds, refusing to think about it or dwell upon it in any way. As God forgives, He also forgets (Hebrews 8:12). When thoughts of guilt come to your mind, say to yourself and God, “Thank you, Lord, for your great forgiveness and mercy. I praise you that you told me to cast this care upon you (1 Peter 5:7), and I have done so. Forgive me for my worry about this matter; with your help, I will praise you instead.”

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185 Comments

  1. Liz says:

    I am 9 weeks pregnant, I made one mistake one night and thats all it took. I thought the man I was with was a God fearing man who had a strong relationship with Christ. I was wrong and the past 4 weeks has been a nightmare, saying he isnt ready or he does not want to get through tbis together leaving me all alone. I am saved for 8 months and I weeped for forgiveness the night it happened. I know the evil one wants me to abort it. I pray for strength to not let the enemy get to me and to trust God that he will provide.

  2. JCS says:

    I had two abortions in my 20’s and I have always wondered if god would forgive me. Reading this today helped me very much I feel better knowing he forgives me. I ask for forgiveness often ill always feel guilty for being so carelss in my youth but I see some good light now. Thank you

  3. Abena Serwaah says:

    I felt so guilty of my Sins, people condemned saying God won’t forgive me. But trust his unfailing love that he will restores my beautiful life back..I thank You God praise be to your holy name

  4. Christina McPherson says:

    Thank you.

  5. oppong david says:

    Am very happy now. I used to remember this sinful act whenever I begin to pray. Now I can campaign for Christ

  6. caren caballes says:

    thank you so much.,for the hope of forgiveness.

    1. caren says:

      I am a great sinner. one time for so much guilt I decided to commit suicide…I trust God, if God can trust me again?

    2. BGEA says:

      Caren, are you asking if God can forgive you? Yes, He is ready and willing to forgive our sins, no matter how bad they are, when we genuinely ask His forgiveness. We encourage you to check out this article for more: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/gods-forgiveness/

  7. Michael says:

    I have been living as a bad person in my 10 years back life. I have hurt people physically & emotionally moreover I have aborted my own babe. And now I’m sick physicaly n mentally.. I have consult many good doctors but no one can say Wat exactly I’m sick of… but I can’t do my day today life work or living etc because of my bad health that hurts me (stomach,bone,breathing difficulty) I have confess God to forgive me for all the bad things I have done. Is it still not forgiven ? I’m tired n hurt of my pain. Crying silently everyday

    1. BGEA says:

      Michael, we are praying for you as God draws you near. Please visit http://peacewithgod.net/ to talk with a member of our team about finding peace with God in the midst of your pain.

    2. Christine says:

      I was six weeks pregnant I had a dream one night this man told me that God is waiting to see what I will do about this baby and he will show me what he can do for me,I still went ahead and have an abortion I feel so guilty.I feel like God will never forgive me

  8. Terrie says:

    27 yrs ago I was encouraged to have an abortion by my parents & the father to my baby. I was so mild natured & shy back then, easily swayed by the ones I loved the most. Today I am a Christian woman who has found God on my own as my family is not religious I have been saved & baptised yet still carry so much guilt & grief about the little being that never had a chance to live. My question is how can God love me & forgive this horrible sin. The end of March is when the event happened & every year around this time I am consumed with deep depression & weep uncontrollably. Looking for any way to get relief from the guilt. Can God forgive the most horrible sin?

    1. BGEA says:

      Terrie,
      God loves you. If you’ve confessed this to Him, He forgives you (1 John 1:9). We praise God that you have accepted Christ into your heart, and it is our sincere prayer that you would walk as closely as possible with Him. Stay in your Bible and remind yourself of God’s promises. Don’t forget He loves you and don’t let the hateful whispers of the enemy sneak into your thinking.

      If you need to, reach out and talk with a member of our team — http://peacewithgod.net/

      We are praying for you.