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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. Susmita Mondal says:

    I recently aborted my 5 month baby as i am a student. we wanted to keep the baby but me and my husband don’t earn and thought we are not capable to give birth and take care of a child. we really feel guilty and need encouragement. please pray for us and for my husband so that he can get a job and so that we can plan a family together.

  2. Barbara Dent says:

    I meant I accept God as my savior. I pray every night. We are not perfect so I ask God to forgive me my sins every night.

  3. Barbara Dent says:

    About 34 years ago I had two abortions. I have asked God’s forgiveness and have put them out of my mind. As we are not perfect I always ask God my forgiveness. It is in God’s hands now. And I love him as my savior. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

  4. vivian says:

    i aborted 1 old month baby and i feel guilty of doing so.i did so because who me,he refuse to be responsble

    1. BGEA says:

      God loves you, Vivian, as the above post states. Please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ to pray with a member of our team online.

  5. Naomi says:

    I aborted my one month old a baby, and I feel so guilty… My fiance told me not to, but I did it because I was so scared of my dad… I regret doing it, I can’t sleep, I think a lot… I just hate my self… I pray for God to forgive me n give me another baby when we get married…. Crying

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Naomi,

      We just prayed for you and if you want to talk with someone online, you can now at PeaceWithGod or call 1-877-247-2426 to talk with someone on the phone.

      It’s much easier to say “forgive yourself” than to actually do it. If you have asked forgiveness for your sins and committed your life to Jesus Christ—trusting Him alone for your salvation, then the Bible says that God has forgiven you. You have been adopted into His family, and nothing can ever change that. The Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

      He promises to forgive and save those who have faith in Him. 1 John 1:9 puts it this way: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      Isaiah 1:18 also says, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” And from Isaiah 43:25: “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

      So if God—a holy and just God—has forgiven you, shouldn’t you also forgive yourself? Accepting God’s forgiveness and not forgiving yourself is kind of like holding your standards above God’s.

      But how do you forgive yourself? It might sound simple, but we encourage you to ask God to help you do so. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a good enough answer, but remember that prayer is powerful (James 5:16). Prayer is talking directly to Almighty God, who hears us and helps us overcome our problems. He created you and knows you and loves you, and He wants to be part of your life and guide you. The Bible says, “We set our hearts at rest in His presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts” (1 John 3:19-20).

      Thank God for His forgiveness—and then ask Him to free you from the past. Ask Him to help you move forward, to focus on Him and His grace rather than your guilt. You might even ask Him for friends, family or a pastor who can encourage you and pray for you in this area.

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