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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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34 Comments

  1. David says:

    Thank you for the words and views about self forgiveness.

  2. siphokazi says:

    I have sinned big time I have aborted an innocent baby the baby which I’ve been praying to god to grant me suddenly when I find that I was pregnant I was physically abused and told everyday to terminate my pregnancy by the who was responsible for my pregnancy so I’m desparately begging you to pray and help me with this issue as I can cope anymore am always crying ,hurting,angry and feeling guilty please help as I can’t take this feeling anymore its so painful and difficult to let go ,I’ve now developed angry for my other two kids at home please help me

  3. Nomusa says:

    I have just had a termination of my 3weeks pregnancy and I am feeling very guilty right now. I love God very much and I pray that He forgives me for the sin I have committed. I want to repent, plz pray form me.

  4. fortunate chezi says:

    I name of jesus I’m born again

  5. Jennifer says:

    Dear Linda please don’t abort your baby. I did in 1989, and the resulting trauma manifested itself in years of self abuse. When I finally did have children (thank You, God!), I began to understand exactly what it was I had done. I killed my own baby. No fancy words. That’s what it comes down to. My precious baby will never have a chance to sing or dance, to love, to overcome struggles and reach his/her full potential. I miss that child every single day, and I do fear whatever comes after this life even though I have repented and begged our Dear Lord for forgiveness. Abortion is NOT liberating, it is the heaviest of chains to carry forever. Once you do it, you cannot undo it. Please consider adoption, open or closed. God Bless

  6. Barbie says:

    Dearest Roxy I will be in prayer for you and the pain you feel .I also had made a decision long ago to terminate a precious pregnancy I do
    know of the extreme guilt and regret wishing I could go back and change the loss of my baby I was forced into. The situation by a boyfriend 30 years ago and My heart was broken
    and I also could not sleep or work at
    the time and the guilt plagued me night and day as you are experiencing be in prayers upon your knees to our Lord Christ and Savior and Remember That EASTER is right around the corner and Jesus
    died upon the cross so we would be
    forgiven all we have to do is ask.For
    those who are contemplating an
    aboration PLEASE I BEG OF YOU do
    not allow your Fear to drive you have the precious Baby.