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Already had an abortion? This message is for you.

Already had an abortion?

Whether you experienced relief or regret at the time of your abortion, and no matter what you feel now … this message is for you.

SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Abortion is murder … but it is not the unforgivable sin.

Abortion, which is the deliberate, premeditated taking of an innocent life, is a grievous sin against God who creates each human being in His own image and who commands us, “You shall not murder.”

Hiring an abortionist to get rid of the child in your womb is not morally any different than hiring a hitman to get rid of your teenager. Killing the baby in your womb by taking pills to flush her out of your body and down the toilet is not morally different than slipping poison into your toddler’s food and then burying her in the backyard.

The sin of murder is so serious in God’s eyes that He declares that He “hates the hands that shed innocent blood” and that the just punishment on earth for a person who commits murder is capital punishment by the civil authority. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” (Gen. 9:6).

A life for a life is God’s standard. Though the state may not actually uphold this standard, it still shows us how serious the sin of murder is to God.

Even so, God still forgives repentant murderers.

How does God forgive murderers?

God forgives murderers in the same way that He forgives thieves, liars, and adulterers…

He sent His Son Jesus, who was fully God and fully man, to take the punishment for sin in the place of sinners.

God doesn’t ignore sin or brush it under the rug. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23). God doesn’t just look the other way when we commit sins whether they are small or great. Every sin is an offense to the holy and good God and every sin must receive the wages of death.

That makes our situation as sinners seem hopeless, but God is merciful and made a way for sinners to be forgiven. That way is Jesus. “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23).

Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn. 14:6).

The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, who offered Himself up as a substitute to receive the wrath of God against sin, is the ONLY thing that makes it possible for sinners to be reconciled to God and receive forgiveness.

God is merciful BUT you should know that God’s forgiveness isn’t automatically given to everyone.

God’s forgiveness is for those who repent of their sin and put their faith in Christ to save them.

What about guilt and shame?

The guilt and shame sometimes experienced related to abortion are not a fiction or a trick of your emotions. I know this may be jarring to hear because most people will never be straightforward about this but if you killed your baby by abortion you don’t just need a remedy to FEELING GUILTY, you actually ARE GUILTY.

Murder is a sin against God and your baby, plain and simple.

Every human being has a God-given conscience and feelings of shame over sin you haven’t repented of is actually good. We should feel shame when we do shameful things.

Our consciences are a beautiful gift from God to give us warning that we are going in the wrong direction. If your conscience is bothering you about your abortion, listen to the warning and thank God for it.

If your conscience is not bothering you and you have no feelings of guilt or shame, be warned. The Bible says that “there is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way to death” (Prov. 14:12). And there are those whose, “end is destruction…who glory in their shame” (Phil. 3:19).

Godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret...

What about repentance?

Jesus said, “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3).

Repentance means to turn away from your sin. Flee from your sin, reject and hate your sin.

But that’s not all…

Your sin separates you from God because He is completely holy and good and He must judge sin by His own holy standard.

To be reconciled to God you must turn AWAY from your sin and turn TO Christ for His mercy.

You must put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ to save you from the judgment your sin deserves.

KNOWLEDGE ISN’T ENOUGH

Many people think that their sins will be forgiven because they have knowledge that they did the wrong thing or they feel some kind of sadness over what they have done.

Being sad, depressed, or regretful over abortion is not the same thing as repentance.

The Bible contrasts worldly grief with godly grief, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Cor. 7:10).

This is why some women may feel regret, sadness, or shame over their abortions and never seem to find relief. Their worldly grief hasn’t led them to repentance that actually turns them away from their sin and leads them to salvation. They live (and die) in their worldly grief.

Worldly grief is self-focused. Godly grief acknowledges that the problem with sin isn’t that it makes us feel bad sometimes. The problem is that it actually makes us guilty before God and His holiness is offended by our rebellion to His commands.

The truth is, we cannot make up for our sin or be freed from our guilt and shame by being sad about it, not even if we are extremely sad or depressed. This is because our sin isn’t against ourselves. Our sin is against God and He is the one we have to deal with.

Worldy grief doesn’t deal with your guilt, regret, or shame. It can’t. It keeps you enslaved to and wallowing in your sin forever.

Please don’t stay in that place.

Godly grief over sin produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret…

That’s right. Salvation without regret.

Does that sound good to you?

How can you get rid of your guilt and be saved?

There is nothing you can do on your own steam to erase your own sin or change your guilt before God. You cannot do enough good things to make up for the bad things. Sinners are debtors to God with no way to pay what we owe.

God commands all people everywhere to repent of their sin because He has fixed a day of judgment (Acts 17:30).

All those who are saved obey God’s command to repent of their sin.

Repentance means acknowledging the evil of your sin, turning away from it, and turning to God for His mercy. Don’t keep going in the direction of your sin. Turn around and seek God.

To be saved you must trust in Jesus Christ to save you instead of trusting in your own ability to live a good life … because you haven’t lived a good life—none of us have, we are all sinners who have broken God’s laws.

The Bible says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

And, “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom. 10:9).

It is not simply a change of behavior that brings you salvation. Remember, no amount of your good deeds can make up for the sins you have already committed. Salvation is something that God does for sinners, not something sinners can do for themselves.

The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Eph. 2:8-9).

Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jn. 14:6).

The ONLY way of salvation is trusting in Jesus Christ and the work He did on the cross to die in the place of sinners.

God forgives repentant murderers

Does God ALWAYS forgive everyone?

God is forgiving but His forgiveness isn’t for everyone.

God forgives those who repent of their sin and put their faith in Jesus Christ to save them. This isn’t simply a belief that Jesus exists. The Bible says that “even the demons believe” (James 2:19).

Those who are saved by God know that they could never pay their own debt or remove their own guilt, so they put their faith in Christ and His work alone to save them. God forgives and accepts sinners because Christ paid their debt, took their penalty, and removed their guilt.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me

Christ takes the sinner’s sin upon Himself and gives the sinner His own righteousness to wear.

The Bible says, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow” (Is. 1:18).

And that, “In [Christ] we have … the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph. 1:7).

This is GOOD NEWS for everyone who turns to Christ and believes!

But, those who do not put their faith in Christ will not receive forgiveness and God will send them away to eternal punishment (Matt. 25:46).

God forgives repentant murderers.

God absolutely does forgive repentant murderers.

The sacrifice of Christ can make the foulest sinner clean and remove their guilt so that they may stand before God without shame or regret.

If you repent of your sin and turn to Christ to save you then your scarlet sins will be washed white as snow by the blood of Jesus Christ shed for you.

Listen to the words of a repentant King David, who was himself guilty of murder:

“​Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

—Psalms 51:1-17

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