Yesterday, I cried out for the Church to not remain silent on the issue of abortion. Today I’m appealing to the Church to also reach out to those who’ve endured the brutality of abortion, or are struggling with the decision of an unplanned pregnancy. It isn’t enough to stand against abortion; we need to take a stand “for life” and one way we do that is by offering true life and freedom in Christ to those who are caught in the death trap.
We must come alongside women and offer merciful and real-life solutions. They desperately need the truth of the Word and support that with practical help for their real-life needs. Ultimately, the greatest need for the woman suffering from the consequences of abortion is heart-healing.
The greatest need is a heart issue.
You may’ve made the choice for abortion because you believed you had no other option. You may’ve been pressured by others, or reacted out of fear, or believed you were doing what was best. You may’ve made the choice to abort without realizing the consequences or understanding that the fetus was actually a living being.
No matter how the choice was made, post-abortion trauma is a very common and real experience and can include:
Emotional episodes of crying
Difficulty with personal relationships
Anxiety and panic attacks
Alcohol or drug abuse
Repeating the cycle of pregnancies and abortions
The truth is: We’ve all sinned.
I’ve sinned against a holy God.
We all have.
We are all in need of the healing grace and forgiveness that He’s provided through His work on the cross.
If you’ve had an abortion, the choice you’ve made is not beyond the reach of God’s grace.
If you are struggling from the shame, pain, and grief from an abortion, there is hope. The process of healing starts by recognizing that God is able to take your broken and messy life and do a redemptive work.
The real issue is: Will you come to Him?
Will you pour out the pain and loss to Him and ask Him to begin the healing process?
Will you admit that you’ve made choices on your own without seeking Him?
Will you confess your need for Him?
I love these promises from His Word. As you read these, insert your situation and know that there is forgiveness and healing:
[box]“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).[/box]
[box]“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).[/box]
[box]“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD;’ And You forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).[/box]
[box]“He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Proverbs 28:13).[/box]
If you are struggling with the guilt and horrific consequences of an abortion, please do not remain silent. The enemy has power to torment you while you remain under the cover of darkness. Bring your need into the light of God’s grace. Talk to a mature believer who can help you walk through this trauma biblically.
Consider some of the resources available at this website: www.healinghearts.org
Let us know how we can pray for you.
God is able to bring beauty from your ashes, dear friend.
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