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


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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. Barbie says:

    Please I beg of you do Not end your little unborn ones life your mind will never forget them and there will at
    times be a searing pain of heart And
    yearning to hold them in your arms to see them smile and laugh it has been 30 years for me Iam in my forties and was pressured in to it and wish I had told my parents I was pregnent .To those struggling with the grief and agonizing pain and
    despair of termination of A precious
    baby do not try to hide the pain and torment seek help immediately .I still worry our heavenly father will hold me accountable but logically the Bible says differently seek Christ and be on your knees and ask him to forgive you today .The Lord assures us that though our sins are scarlet we are washed as white as snow.

  2. Roxy says:

    Today, march 27,2014 is the worst day of my life. I don’t know where to start. But i only agrees of what my boyfriend told me that we cannot have another baby. Because we still have debts to pay. My family needs me for financially needs. We aborted our baby on this day and i felt so guilt. I cannot sleep. I am thinking of my bad decision. What i have done. But if i continue to get pregnant, i cannot work anymore because i have this attitude of being so sensitive and fragile. All i want to do is just to stay at home. And so my boyfriend asked me if i want the baby it is okay but we were struggling again because we have a lots of billings and debts to pay. Oh God, i know i’ve done wrong. And i don’t know if you can forgive me. Sorry Lord God.

  3. M says:

    I had an abortion when I was 23 years old, I was recently divorced and already had an 18 month old daughter. I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford another child. I regret that decision. I was thinking only of myself. I should have thought of the life inside me and should have given it up for adoption. I’ve asked God to forgive me. I will pray every day not to think about this sin, because God has forgiven me and the Devil is the one who keeps bringing it back to remembrance. I pray that you will give your baby up for adoption instead of aborting it.

  4. TGee says:

    Linda, I know it feels overwhelming and it’s so hard to think about and deal with. I was in your place many many years ago. Being young and scared it’s easy to make an inappropriate decision. Please carry your child to birth so that you won’t regret it … Ask God to help you with this decision. Life can be extremely tough when we are young and have made bad choices (as I have). I will pray for you tonight. God Bless you.

  5. LINDA says:

    shalom.am writing this email soon after reading a article that u posted..iam 24 a christian saved and filled with the holy spirit.i made a grave mistake iam pregnat 5 weeks now and iam just not ready for this child.i feel like aborting it.ur the first people iam speaking to.i dont knw what to do.if i abort God will be mad at me soo badly i cant measure his anger and even if i repent i wont be sure if God has or hasnt forgiven me.if this baby lives i will be forced to get married and have a new life that i have not planned of..iam confused i wish SOME BODY SAYS SOMETHING TO ME BEFORE I MAKE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE.

    1. Molly says:

      Please, dear sister trust the God who made you. I have had 2 abortions and deeply, with all my heart regret them. The 2 babies are on my mind, now that I have children and I am working through accepting his grace. God will get you through this, I am praying for you right now. I love you and I’ve never met you- your sister in Christ Jesus

    2. tgee says:

      Dear Linda, I was in your shoes many years ago when I was young and I made the
      wrong decision and have regretted it beyond comprehension. I don’t know how
      many times I wished I could go back in time and change some of my decisions of youth.
      Please carry your child to birth so that you will not have these regrets.
      It’s really hard to be young and in the situation you are in but trust your heart.
      Ask God to help you and he will. God Bless.

    3. Dayton says:

      You are a great women, just know it and love the life that you have been given and will give. :)

    4. L says:

      Linda, how are you feeling? Praying for you and all the others in your shoes.

  6. Maria says:

    Dear Ministers,

    A few months ago I felt pressured to have a medical abortion. The doctors said the fetus (it was at an early stage) could have been damaged. They talked bad words to me and said that we don´t live in the 1800′s anymore. I was so worried about everything and thought that I am not worthy of being a mother/don’t know how to be a good mother etc. The midwife at the abortion clinic embarrassed me. I was very stressed and made a very bad choice without realizing what I actually was doing. After taking a pill that the midwife gave me I couldn’t regret my decision anymore. I was devistated! I was praying at that time that God would take back the beautiful treasure to heaven and send it back! Can Jesus forgive me?? Please pray!

  7. patluv babyesi jethro says:

    Father lord u de only can we can forgive us our sins n have mercy on our soul.God i stand before ur cross n de ur beloved son Jesus who shed his blood on de cross for de forgiveness of our sin to ask for ur forgiveness n Mercy from above.ln jesus name.

  8. Jo says:

    Thank you God

  9. johnny says:

    Only you can forgive yourself for your actions, but this is what you should ask yourself. Do you honestly think that what you did was wrong or do you feel guilty because society expects you to. When you decided to have an abortion, you did so for a reason. Even if that reason was that you didn’t want a kid, well you did that kid a favor. Why should a kid be brought up in a home where he wasn’t even wanted? He shouldn’t. So be happy in your choice and take some solace in knowing that you saved a kid from what could have been an unhappy life.

  10. calist says:

    I thank God forgiving me