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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. Lindsey says:

    I had an abortion when I was 16 because I didn’t know who the father was. I couldn’t bear that fact and I was only a child myself, so that’s why I decided to have an abortion. I’m 34 years old now and I just recently found out that I am pregnant again with a man that is much younger than me, has no job, and is unable to provide for the child. I’m having an abortion tomorrow. I already have three children and I can’t perceive raising another one in this situation. I pray that God forgives me and that I can forgive myself. I just want to get on with my life. It is a very difficult situation. I have no peace right now and I need God more than I need anything.

    1. BGEA says:

      Lindsey,

      Thank you so much for leaving your comment on our site. We will be reaching out to you through email. If you would like to talk to someone right now, you can connect with a member of our team anonymously through this site: https://peacewithgod.net/. Just look for the chat button on the side of the page and we’ll be happy to pray with you and encourage you. -BGEA Team

  2. Fey says:

    I’m to have an abortion tomorrow morning. I’m a child myself, under 18 let’s say. I recently have become a bit more close to God, but I feel that I will not be forgiven. I only want a greater future and life for my child and at such a young age I cannot provide so. All I ask is strength, support and forgiveness.

    1. BGEA says:

      Fey, we can’t tell you how glad we are that you left this comment on our site. We are going to reach out to you through email. In the meantime, if you’d like to talk to someone, you can connect with a member of our team anonymously through this site: https://peacewithgod.net/. Just look for the chat button on the side of the page and we’ll be happy to pray with you and encourage you.

  3. deslyn says:

    I have committed several abortions. All I need is God’s forgiveness and I promise never to do it again.

  4. anonymous says:

    I’ve repeated abortions a few times. Asked God to forgive me, I won’t do it again, but a situation has pushed me into committing another abortion most recently. I can’t even pray to God asking for His forgiveness because I feel I don’t deserve it and it’s like He is a fool now. It’s impossible for me to live without asking for forgiveness, I need it. Will I be forgiven I even after committing the same sin over and over? I need peace with God.

  5. Annonymous says:

    I am 20 years and I had an abortion in January. I discovered that the guy I was pregnant with has 15 kids. It broke my heart so I terminated the pregnancy at 1 month. He made harsh comments after we broke up saying that I killed his child. Til today I am crying and can’t get over over this situation. I have no comfort at all. Sigh, I’m broken. I reached to a point where I no longer want kids in the future.

    1. Lerato says:

      Give your heart to God and trust in his everlasting mercy and grace. He loves you so much.