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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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238 Comments

  1. Netss says:

    I’m asking God to forgive me. I’m a sinner, please forgive me my God.

  2. Maribel NunG says:

    May God forgive me for all my sins. Amen.

  3. Audry says:

    I had an abortion 2 months ago. I was at 13 weeks, I am 40 years old and have no children. I always felt I wouldn’t be a good parent. There were so many stupid things that lead me to make the choice to end my child’s life. I cannot justify what I did. It was a failure and now I am paying the price. My body shakes uncontrollably. I cry out in my sleep. I am not able to stop thinking about the baby I killed. I deprived my boyfriend of child. I deprived his children of a sibling. I deprived my parents of their only grandchild. I deprived myself of all the joy could have been. I throw up at work almost daily. And I’m older. I may not conceive again.

    The words “mercy” “sin” and “repentance” have new meaning to me.

    1. Audry says:

      This is still me writing. I pray and ask for forgiveness repeatedly throughout the day. I miss my baby. I am horrified by my choice to murder and commit violence upon myself. Every minute crawls by. I have joined a mega-church. It is always dark and they play loud music and I cry quietly in the back.

      I beg for God’s mercy and forgiveness but I do not feel it. Is my baby with the Lord in heaven? I had no idea I could hurt so much. I have committed violence on myself and my child.

  4. Katherine says:

    I had an abortion at 6 weeks 2 days. I feel really terrible. I can’t even pray again. I wonder if God is gonna listen to me if I do.My boyfriend had wanted us to keep the baby but I was so scared as to what my parents are gonna say cuz I’m just 21 and in my final year in tertiary. Plz help me pray and ask for forgiveness from the Almighty God so I can be in communion with him once again.Thank you. My thoughts are killing me

  5. Busisiwe says:

    I really need forgiveness from God