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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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  1. Rc says:

    I have aborted 3 innocent souls and am feeling so much guilt. Have asked God for forgiveness but I still feels the same and keeping crying everyday. Please help me.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hello Rc,

      I have forwarded your email to our Christian Response Department. You should be hearing from someone who can talk and pray with you.

      It’s much easier to say “forgive yourself” than to actually do it. Whatever happened in our past can be very difficult to let go of and to rid ourselves of guilt, especially if it’s something we have held onto for a long time. … Now don’t get us wrong; guilt can be a good thing because typically it’s a way for us to know we’re in the wrong. But one of the great things about Jesus Christ is that He covered that guilt for us. He provided a way for us to be free from it.

      Your question is about forgiving yourself, but to talk about that, let’s first address how God forgives us through Christ.
      If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ—trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family, and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

      It’s important not to focus on our feelings here—whether we feel forgiven or not. Feelings come and go and aren’t dependable, but the fact that Christ paved the way for your forgiveness and covered your sins is just that, a fact. He promises to forgive and save those who have faith in Him. 1 John 1:9 puts it this way: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” And from Isaiah 43:25: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

      So if God—a holy and just God—has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself? Accepting God’s forgiveness and not forgiving yourself is kind of like holding your standards above God’s.

      But how do you forgive yourself? It might sound simple, but we encourage you to ask God to help you do so. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a good enough answer, but remember that prayer is powerful (James 5:16). Prayer is talking directly to Almighty God, who hears us and helps us overcome our problems. He created you and knows you and loves you, and He wants to be part of your life and guide you. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20).

      Thank God for His forgiveness—and then ask Him to free you from the past. Ask Him to help you move forward, to focus on Him and His grace rather than your guilt. You might even ask Him for friends, family or a pastor who can encourage you and pray for you in this area.

      We hope this helps, and may God bless you.

      – BGEA staff

  2. Kiki says:

    I have done this terrible sins against my heavenly Father, myself and 4 innocent souls, I feel soo guilty and I pray our father in heaven forgives me and have mercy upon my soul and the souls of innocent children I didn’t allow to fulfill their purpose I have no right to do what I did and I pray that the blood of Jesus that speaks better things will speak Mercy, forgiveness, restoration, healing, fruitfulness on my behave in Jesus mighty name Amen. Thank you Jesus

  3. Sally says:

    I have done what is evil by doing about 7 abortions and I feel I have disappointed God. Am full of fears and guilt and I feel it is too much that God will not forgive me.I have killed innocent souls. I have prayed that God forgive me but I still feel my evil deeds have not been forgiven Pls pray for me

    1. BGEA says:

      God will forgive you, Sally. Please visit http://peacewithgod.net/ because a member of our team would love to talk with you more.

  4. Funmi says:

    oh God am sincerely sorry,I aborted last month wen I noticed I cudnt find my period 4 dat month.dis sin is so much n my heart cant bear it,even on d street I cry,@ night,wid frnd I even got sick n reduced weight so much even nw am crying.i pray for restoration of d 2 lives I wronged also which is my soul and my child n I promise I will never do dat again,I promise cos am so so sorry,pls pray 4 me.

    1. Esihle says:

      I’m sorry for your loss, you’re not the only one who has made the wrong decisions okay, God’s mercy are new each and every single day… He forgives all sins meaning that he will surely forgive you but please as I am praying for you forgive yourself.

  5. janet says:

    i have aborted 4 innocent souls and am feeling so much guilty have ask God forgiveness but I still feels the same and keeping crying everyday please help me

    1. BGEA says:

      Janet, we have forwarded your message to our team so we can respond.

  6. NaniJay says:

    ❤️

  7. Esihle says:

    I did it last year but it feels like it was yesterday. I can’t even explain how horrible feeling about what I have done. I can’t even sleep because of the guilt it is the worst feeling ever. I sometimes wish I could die. I am terribly sorry -all I need is forgiveness from God and my baby,mercy and restoration. I won’t do it again I learned my lesson. Please pray with me. Thanks.

  8. Odulaja says:

    I aborted for a lady and my heart is so heavy for committing this kind of sin as a worker in His vineyard. I’m so sorry- I need God’s forgiveness & mercy & restoration. I wont do that again. Please pray with me. Thanks.

  9. Layla says:

    God’s mercy are new each and every single day… He forgives all sins…all sins are equal before the eyes of the Lord…he can forgive abortion as well