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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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  1. Yvonne says:

    I, too, selfishly had an abortion over 30 years ago. I still go through periods of depression and guilt over this decision. I have been blessed with beautiful, healthy children, but I often wonder what that precious gift from God would have become. In my heart, I know God forgave me for this the moment I asked Him to. But in my darkest moments, I wonder how God could possibly forgive me , because I can never forgive myself. Please, if you are contemplating this, remember that your decision will always be with you.

  2. Aimee says:

    Stormi, this comment is probably to late. From the bottom of my heart, don’t do it! I regret my abortion I had 7 years ago and cry all the time. God loves us so much and forgives us … But your baby is a gift from him and he will provide for you. Whatever you decided, God loves you and I will pray for you.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I just need advice.. honestly im excited for this baby which idk why.. but then again i know everyone will turn against me.. everyone

    1. Margaret says:

      Yvonne don’t worry about what people say. It’s between you and God. Enjoy your life with your baby. It will all be ok, God bless you n the baby always

  4. Rebecca says:

    I had an abortion nearly 29 years ago and it has cost me dearly. When I look back on the reason’s that I had the abortion in the first place I realize that none of it really mattered. All the things that I was so fearful of at the time would have all worked out in the end. And, if you will trust God, He is faithful and He will see you and your baby through whatever you are going through. You won’t have to suffer as I have, with grief, heartache, mental torture, and physical complications. Please listen to one who knows and has been there. God Bless you and your precious baby and I pray He keeps you both safe from harm.

    1. Margaret says:

      Rebecca we will be ok God has forgiven us. I never did have any children though. Now it’s to late.

  5. Tanisha says:

    Hello. Im 21 & I just recently had one. I didn’t think it would bother as much as it does now. I regret ever walking in that place. I feel like A horrible person. My whole life I was against them & said I would never. Then I got one. Honestly the worst thing I ever did in my life & I wish I hadn’t done it. I pray that God forgives me & with me with another child. I promise I would never let the thought of abortion enter my mind ever again & I hope anyone that is thinking of doing it just think twice more & don’t do it. It’s the most beautiful gift you can receive from God

    1. Margaret says:

      Tanisha, God has forgiven us and I hope he blesses you with more babies and a great life

  6. Want my baby says:

    Reading everyones stories has me sobbing. I also aborted a child when I was 19 and was so naive! I would give my own life so that my babys could have his or hers. ABORTION eats you from the inside, youre arms ache to hold the baby you dont have. I know God has forgiven me but I cant get past not having my baby with me.

    1. Stormi says:

      *Want my Baby,
      The reason why you can not get past not having your baby with you is because you probably have not forgiven yourself. I just schedule me an appointment for the procedure. I FEEL HORRIBLE. Especially knowing that I have something inside of me growing that I am about to remove. I want a baby so bad but I do NOT want the father in my life at all, I can not financially take of the baby as I do not have a well paying job. I am still in school and I still have huge amounts of things I want to accomplish before my baby. I cry sometimes even though I havent gotten it yet. But deep down I know God forgives me and I am in the middle of forgiving myself, it just takes time. I hate the guilt and shame I feel but God’s got my back.