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My ex-boyfriend talked me into getting an abortion several years ago, and I can't get it out of my mind. I knew it was wrong, although all my friends told me to go ahead. I can't forgive myself, and I know God won't forgive me, either. I don't know why I'm writing, but maybe you'll pray for me.


Many people may agree with your friends—but I’m thankful you know otherwise, for ending the life of the little child who was growing in you wasn’t right in God’s eyes. God’s words to Jeremiah apply to every human being, born or unborn: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5).

But you are wrong when you say God can never forgive you! King David in the Old Testament was a great and good man in many ways—but later in life he strayed from God. He committed adultery with another man’s wife, and then to cover up his sin he arranged for that man to be killed in battle (see 2 Samuel 11). Adultery … lying … murder … How could God ever forgive him?

And yet God did forgive him! David honestly faced his sin, repented of it and sought God’s forgiveness: “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51:4). And when he did this, God forgave him and cleansed him of his sin. David could then truly say, “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1).

This can be your experience as well. God loves you, and Christ died to take away every sin you ever committed—every one. Don’t let your emotions or anything else keep you from Christ. Ask Him to come into your life today, because in Him “we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14).

You can have forgiveness through Jesus Christ today.

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  1. Marianne says:

    Over 30 yrs ago i had an abortion. My friends did it. I followed suit. Never realizing the guilt and shame and emptiness would hurt my heart still to this day. I am a follower of Christ. Yet how could God forgive something so horrible as a mother aborting her unborn child? Will i see my baby in heaven? Will she forgive me? I am beyond tormented. I can never undo what i have done. Can’t ever go back and make a different choice. I am beyond ashamed. I am forever heart broken. I know what the word of God says. But the images in my mind haunt me still. Please pray for me.

  2. joy says:

    I had 3 abortions-my husband talked me into it because he doesn’t want more children!now I’m suffering alone,I can’t forgive myself and all I know us that I will burn in he’ll and I deserve it!I even stopped going to church!

    1. Francis says:

      Joy, let me begin by saying this. I came to this website to sign up to receive a magazine. I then was about to close my computer when I researched “topics” and saw “Abortion”. I said to myself, “I wonder if there is a topic on after abortion because I was 17 when I had a abortion :(. I came across the message on Does God forgive? and your comment was the first to be seen. I said to myself many many, and I mean many times. Im 33 now with a son name Christian-12 yrs old and Natalie-6. I have lived with regret, shame, guilt, bitterness, anger, and wanting to take my own life for many reasons. God forgives!!!! scripture says so!!!! Seek God and remember he said HE WILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE US!

  3. Janet McKendree says:

    I made the same choice, and though I asked God to forgive me, I never forgave myself. I wanted to be punished for this sin. I married a man who I let beat me for 13 years. I truly thought God sent him for this purpose. It was only after a very traumatic car accident, and a personal experience with Jesus, that I was able to forgive myself. I am now very involved with Celebrate Recovery, and have found that God has turned this very painful experience into the key to my testimony. Thank you Jesus!

  4. Deb says:

    These were the words I needed to hear. I have asked God many times to forgive me for the sin of abortion I committed. I truly believe He knows how desperate and immature I was. I had thrown my Christian beliefs by the wayside. My Shepard found his lost sheep – me – and took me home again to Him. I know Jesus is my Savior and He died for my sins, and as awful as they are, I can now begin to heal.

  5. Sheila Miller says:

    Thank you

  6. Carol Siweya says:

    I also made a lot of mistakes before God. I need I AM to guide me.

  7. linda sherman says:

    I do know God has forgiven me. I do still struggle with forgiving myself. I have found much comfort in my work with my local CARENET. I have gone through their Bible study on post abortion. I would recommend it to anyone, whether you are a woman who has had an abortion or a partner.

  8. Tebogo Sewela says:

    Thank you very much. I really needed this.

  9. wanda says:

    Unfortunately I have had two abortions from an abusive boyfriend. He told me he wasn’t having anymore children. On the second abortion I was praying for God to forgive me for what I was doing and if I could, I would not have any more children. I ended up getting my tubes tied. I just have been born again and believe God has forgivin me for my sins.

  10. Kathy Jean Cook says:

    I made many mistakes in my life. But I turned my life over To God who saved me from myself. I
    am so grateful he forgives me. I couldn’t forgive myself for many years.And I still struggle with
    that. But God has bless me with 2 Son’s and 1 is a Pastor. I Thank God for them both