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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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219 Comments

  1. Phumie says:

    Woooow it is so nice and powerful. Thank you a lot

    1. Phumie says:

      God is really amazing and we cannot on earth compare Him with any other men on this Earth.

  2. Terry says:

    Please forgive me god, I just aborted and I feel horrible. I know I shouldn’t of, but he is a heroin addict and I already have a kid and she’s 4. he never helped me with her. I didn’t want to go through the same thing again.

  3. OGWANG says:

    i am in love with someone but i found myself impregnating a different person. i do not know what my lady if she is to know? please pray that i overcome the situation.

  4. Jessica says:

    I terminated my pregnancy and I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. I have so much guilt and remorse and regret. I wish I never ever had done that. It was purely out of fear and the father saying he couldn’t promise a future, and if I could handle being a single mom. I’m 26 and have a great career, I could have done it and that’s what makes me feel even worse. I pray every hour of everyday for forgiveness and healing. My boyfriend left me a week ago (6mon since the termination), and since then I can’t help but think if losing him is my punishment or if I had kept it we would be together. I’m just so broken and hurt and don’t know where else to turn. I would appreciate any and all prayers. Lord please help me.

  5. H says:

    I thought I would be the first Christian to have an abortion. I had an abortion knowing it was wrong. I already have a daughter. While I was pregnant, I was cheated on physically and mentally abused. I couldn’t go through it again. I can’t even look after the one I have already, so I was selfish. I blame myself for staying in the relationship, and putting myself in that position, I keep telling myself he will forgive me. I try and pray, but am so broken and hurt, and keep thinking what if it’s to late. There are days I want to end my life for good because I can’t take the pain but I try to hold on. Please pray for me. Ill pray for you ladies. I truly pray God restores what we have lost with his love and grace.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi,

      We are so sorry for your pain but please know we are praying for you. God is a God of forgiveness. He is ready and willing to set you free and envelop you in His love and mercy. Not only does He forgive, but He cleanses us and doesn’t hold your sins against you (Acts 3:19). We all make mistakes, and we are all in need of His forgiveness.

      If you want to chat or have someone pray for you, please visit

      Here are some links that we encourage you to read.

      My Answer

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      http://bit.ly/Abortion_Questions.

      God bless you!
      – BGEA Staff

  6. justina says:

    Something always speaks to me, reminding me of my past.

  7. Ashley says:

    I am debating abortion but cannot bring myself to do it. I know God will take care of me and guide me through this but I know deep down I do not want this child. I am so conflicted and fear the devil is pushing these negative thoughts in my mind. I know if I abort I will never forgive myself and will feel that the devil has won but I know if I keep this child I will become very depressed and I fear it will come between the child I already have. I’ve been praying and asking God to help me through this but I feel terrible for even having these thoughts, I do not know what to do and feel like I am letting God down..

    1. BGEA says:

      Ashley, thank you for leaving this comment. We have passed it onto our team so we can get in touch with you via email. If you’d like to talk to someone from our team in the meantime, we encourage you to connect with us online. Look for the chat button on this page to talk to someone confidentially: http://peacewithgod.net/

  8. Hannah Mensah says:

    I have repent and I need ur prayers
    I want to Learn the bible more and understand the bible

  9. Jessie says:

    I cant forgive myself for what I have done, 2 abortions. I’m hurting so bad I feel like I don’t wanna live anymore.

    1. BGEA says:

      Dear Jessie,

      I have forwarded your email to our Christian Response Department. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

      God is a God of forgiveness. For those who have already had an abortion, He is ready and willing to set us free and envelop us in His love and mercy. Not only does He forgive, but He cleanses us and doesn’t hold our sins against us (Acts 3:19). We all make mistakes, and we are all in need of His forgiveness.

      God cares deeply about you and wants what is best for you. He has a future for you – both on this earth and in eternity. Remember that you are important to Him. He says, “You are precious to me . . . and I love you” (Isaiah 43:4). The very reason Jesus Christ came to earth to offer Himself in sacrifice is so that you might have life in all its fullness. It is His desire that you are set free from depression, fear and hurt so that you might experience this abundant life.

      If you have considered suicide, realize that thoughts of taking your life do not come from God but from Satan. Jesus said, “The thief’s (Satan’s) purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8-10, “Be careful – watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord. . . . He personally will come and pick you up, and set you firmly in place, and make you stronger than ever.”

      Pray and ask God to help you with the problems you are facing. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “[cast] all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” Ask Him for wisdom, guidance and strength to endure. Ask Him to help you overcome whatever obstacles are standing in your way. Rest in the assurance that Jesus will “never leave you nor forsake you” when you trust in Him (Hebrews 13:5).

      God wants to help you if you will let Him. God knows about your problems, and He also knows the answer to them. By yourself you might feel helpless, but with Christ’s help there is hope for tomorrow. He can bring good out of even the toughest situations.

      We urge you to begin by giving your life over to Jesus Christ (click here: http://peacewithgod.net/). By surrendering your life to Christ, you are also promised eternity with Him in heaven, where there is no pain, sadness or suffering.

      We also suggest daily Bible reading. Start by reading the Psalms. You might also find help and encouragement in a local church. Sharing your problems with a pastor or other mature Christian can help and encourage you.

      We hope this helps. God bless you.

      – The BGEA team

    2. Here2 says:

      Jesse,
      I wish we could talk. I want to share my testimony with you. I know it would help you so much. Please let me know where I may email you? I am here. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Shatavia Lenow says:

    I’ve had an abortion at the age of 19 and now here I am at 23, last year of college with the same guy whom got me pregnant the first time. I’m so disappointed in myself, I feel like every time I’m doing well I get knocked back down. Please educate me so that I not only know but believe God forgives all of my sins !

    1. BGEA says:

      Shatavia, we have read your comment and lifted you up in prayer just now. We have also passed along your comment so we can get in touch with you via email and explain more about God’s forgiveness.