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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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317 Comments

  1. JEMIMA says:

    I’m failing to conceive after an abortion. Can God heal me?

    1. BGEA says:

      God loves you, Jemima. Please be encouraged as you read this post: https://billygraham.org/story/biblical-encouragement-women-healing-abortion/

  2. beta says:

    I had abortion three years back. I always think about that every single day. I can’t sleep. I pray every day that God would forgive me. And 1 month back I had a miscarriage. I think God is punishing me for what I did.

    1. BGEA says:

      Beta,
      God is not punishing you. He loves you. Please continue seeking Him, and consider checking out this post about “Encouragement for Women Healing from Abortion” https://billygraham.org/story/biblical-encouragement-women-healing-abortion/

      If you need to talk, please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ and click on the chat icon to talk with a member of our team.

  3. Marisol says:

    Prayers

    1. Rita says:

      Need prayers

  4. yvette says:

    I have prayed and in my mind I thought that God had forgiven me but even though it has been over twenty some odd years I still feel the guilt and I still tear up of the shame. I was young and I did drugs so I did feel at the time that I needed a babe. But now I know God and have been drug free for 19 years and I have two great kids. They’re grown now but the pain and shame still come back. Please pray not for me but with me that I can stop condemning myself.

    1. Joseph Gregorian says:

      Dear sister in Christ, I am so glad that you wrote, “But now I know God…” Sometimes it’s so hard for us to forgive ourselves – even though God has done taken our guilt and shame. So why not take a big step of faith and stand on the word of God and say, “I am a new creation.” God bless you and your family.