Does God still love me even though I had an abortion?
Let’s be very clear: There’s absolutely nothing that you can do to make God stop loving you! You see, God loves you SO much that He sent His son Jesus to redeem you. Think about how much sin was going on in the world when Jesus arrived: The very people whom God created spit on Jesus and tormented Him as He walked to the cross, where they then crucified Him. People were worshiping idols and statues instead of God. People were just running wild and God was no longer in their hearts.
So what did God do? He could’ve let them face the consequences of their own behavior, which was eternal damnation under the law, but instead He showed them grace. God loves mankind so much that He sent Jesus to bear all sin — past, current and future to give us hope and a future.
I wrote all that to say that God is a God who is full of love, compassion and forgiveness. When you make a mistake, He’s more than willing to forgive you when you repent.
You should understand, though, that God’s instructions are to protect you. Remember, we are “aliens and strangers in the world” (1 Peter 2:11.) Your actual citizenship is in Heaven. You’re only on loan to this world to serve as an ambassador for The Kingdom of God. The rules that are in place are in place to guide and protect you. God knows all about the temptations and frustrations of this world and He has given you The Holy Bible as a guide to help you live a successful life until you return home to Heaven.
The Bible tells you to avoid having sex until you’re married because God knows the potential consequences of that behavior. One of the things that could happen is that you could become pregnant, which is a very difficult and scary situation if it’s not a planned pregnancy.
Raising a child as a teenager is very difficult. Choosing to allow your child to be adopted is also a very difficult decision to make. Facing your parents and friends brings about another set of emotions that are hard to deal with as a teenager. Unfortunately, when faced with this situation, many times teenage girls feel that they’re out of options and choose to have an abortion.
We all know that abortion is not the will of God. No one questions that. However, God still loves you even if you’ve had an abortion in your past. Just like He’ll forgive other people for their wrongdoings, He’ll forgive you, too! However, unlike ordinary people, He doesn’t look down on you or persecute you. He felt your pain and confusion and wanted to comfort you during your ordeal. He still wants to comfort you and rid you of any condemnation that you may feel about your past decision.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
Today, ask God for forgiveness, cast all your anxieties about your past onto Him and LEAVE IT THERE! You don’t have to carry around that guilt. Learn from your mistakes and use your testimony to help other girls make the better decision.
Written by Aysha J. Ives