January 15-22 is National Sanctity of Life Week.
There will be much talk of the staggering statistics of abortion, and they ARE staggering…
Over 56 million babies have been aborted since Roe Vs Wade.
Statistically, 1 in 3 women have had an abortion.
If you are one of the “1 in 3,” this is for you.
Let’s face it, if the ONLY thing you wanted to do was go back in time and make a different choice, you couldn’t. Abortion is a permanent answer to a temporary situation that leaves you with the aftermath of a choice that you should never have needed to make. The fact that you chose to have an abortion is terrible. Letting Satan use that choice to keep you in bondage to shame and guilt for the rest of your life is an absolute travesty, and because we DON’T discuss it, Satan is able to whisper terrible things to your already battered heart. The truth of the matter is, what happened was and remains terribly wrong.
Even so, there IS hope.
For the non-Christian struggling with the aftermath of abortion, please know this…
Forgiveness is available to you. Healing is possible. You CAN be restored. Jesus died to pay the penalty for all our sin. That includes all sexual sin and abortion. Nothing you have done is beyond His power to forgive and nothing done to you is beyond His ability to heal and restore. If you are searching for “something” to fill the aching and longing in your restless soul, that “something” is Jesus. Only He can quiet the demons you face.
For the Christian.
Oh, sweet sister, let me remind you too that NOTHING is beyond Jesus’ power to forgive. When you accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, your sin was separated as far from you as the east is from the west. Stop punishing yourself with it. You are not bigger than God. You cannot judge yourself for something He died to save you from. Scripture says that in Christ you are a new creation. That old girl is gone and in her place is a daughter of the Most High God. Scripture also says that Satan comes to kill, steal, and destroy, but that Jesus came so that we could have life and have it abundantly. So, tell me, who is filling your head and heart with thoughts about who you are? The One who loves you, or the one who wants to destroy you?
Finally, to those who do not carry the burden of this specific sin, drop your rocks and LOVE like Jesus.
Offer hope, not condemnation. Doubting that God can forgive and restore does not speak to the enormity of the sin, but to lack of belief in the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
Jesus dealt with a woman caught in the act of sexual sin, and with the people who brought her to His attention, in John 8:
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:7-11 (NIV)
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Pray with me?
Father God, I lift this sweet reader up to you. You alone know her heart and her needs. Lord, if her need is to know you, place that desire in her heart and put people in her life who will show you to her. If she knows you, but holds onto her past, remind her of who she is in you. Above all, make your presence known in her life. Speak to her heart. Restore her. Heal her. Make her new.