CHAPTER SEVEN

 

Will God Forgive Me?

 

 

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"God is giving me peace about it all.  He has comforted me and forgiven me."  Anonymous

 

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ou may have been deeply religious prior to your abortion.  You may have believed in God, but not given Him much thought.  Or, God may have had no part in your life at all.

Now, as you begin to comprehend that you have destroyed one of God's creations, you ask yourself, "Will God forgive me?"  It's a deep and sobering question.  And if He would forgive, do you have the right, the courage to approach the creator of the world to seek forgiveness for the act of murder? 



Why do I need God's forgiveness? 

 

This is a good question.  We've seen that God loves us and wants to forgive us, but why do we need His forgiveness?  On one hand, God is merciful and does not want to punish us for our sins (Numbers 14:18a).  On other hand, God is just and so He must punish sin (Numbers 14:18b).  Pun­ishment for our sins results in death ¾ spiritual death.  This means that for all eternity we will be separated from the God who created and loves us.  The place of separation is called hell.  It is a place of torment and great sorrow (Luke 16:23-26).  However, God has provided a way for us to avoid eternal punishment in hell.  He provides a way for us to spend forever with Him in heaven.  In heaven there will be no more tears or sorrow.  Because God is just and cannot tolerate sin, you must be forgiven in order to be reconciled to God.



What does God require for Him to forgive me?

 

            You are going to be relieved and possibly surprised to learn that there is nothing you can do to earn God's forgiveness.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast."

Eternal life with God is a free gift: "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).  Isn't that wonderful!  I would hate to try to earn my way to the God who created this universe.  There would never be enough I could do.  God knew that too.  That is why He provided a way for us who are lost to be saved.

God's solution to the hopeless mess we have made of our lives is Jesus Christ.  The Bible tells us Jesus Christ is God (John 1:1) and the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16).  Because of God's great love for us, He humbled Himself and took the form of a man (Philippians 2:6-8).  Con­ceived by the Holy Spirit of God (Matthew 1:20), Jesus was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14), and lived a sinless and holy life on this earth.  The Bible also tells us Jesus was tempted as we are with sin, but He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).  Jesus' perfection bridges the gap between us and a perfect God.

Many see Jesus' living on this earth as an example of goodness and perfection for us to strive toward.  Jesus came to do more than give us an example.  He came for one primary purpose ¾ to die in our place.  Hebrews 9:22b tells us, "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."  Jesus did die, nearly 2,000 years ago.  His death was the most painful and cruel death possible ¾ death on the cross (Philippians 2:8).  He could have refused to die, but Jesus was obedient to God's will for Him.  God sent Jesus to die for you and for me because He loves us.  "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).  No tomb could hold the mighty Jesus Christ and three days later God raised Him from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  Following His res­urrection, Jesus returned to heaven where He lives once more with God the Father (Hebrews 1:3).

Do you believe God sent Jesus to die for your sins?  Believing is more than simply acknowl­edging in your mind that Jesus died for sinners.  The Bible tells us the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19).  The demons tremble because they are lost and will one day spend eternity in hell. Believing in heaven and hell and that Jesus died and was resurrected to atone for the sins of the world is not enough.

Your heart must act upon what your head believes.  We call this faith ¾ faith that God is able to and will do what He promises (Hebrews 11:6).  Our faith must first include repentance (Acts 3:19).  Repentance is understanding you did something wrong and deciding by an act of your will to turn away from that wrong.  In order for you to repent of your sin of abortion, you must first acknowledge your part in the killing of your unborn baby.  Take the responsibility for your own actions.  Tell God you were wrong.  That is called confession.  Ask God to forgive you.  I like the way Bill and Sue Banks state it:  ". . . A PERSON MUST BE WILLING TO ADMIT THE SINFULNESS OF AN ACTION, IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO CONFESS IT AND BE FORGIVEN FOR IT BY JESUS."[1]  Tell God you are trusting in Jesus' finished work on the cross as the only means by which God can and will forgive you (1 Timothy 2:5).  Trust Jesus as your personal Savior and commit your life to Him (1 John 5:11,12).  The Bible tells you in John 1:12, "But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become the children of God. . . ."  Thank God for forgiving your sin and making you His child.



Will God forgive me?

 

You have seen that God wants to and will forgive you.  The only thing you must do is ask.  "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous­ness" (1 John 1:8-9).  God will forgive you this very minute if you ask.  You can do it by praying a simple prayer like this:

            Dear Heavenly Father,

I am a sinner and I know I can do nothing to earn my way into heaven.  I confess and repent of my sins, including my sin of abortion.  By faith alone I accept Jesus' death and resurrection as payment in full for all my sins, and ask Him to come and begin a new life in me.  Thank you for sending Jesus to pay a debt I could never repay so I can one day spend eternity in heaven with you.  Amen.

            Cheryl writes, "Several months after the abortion I was hit with the reality of what I had done, and begged God's forgiveness for murdering my child and hurting [God] so much.  I have never before or since felt such a deep sense of God's love and forgiveness as I did at time of my con­fession.  To realize that Jesus Christ died for my guilt in killing my child, took that guilt from me and laid it on Himself, never ceases to fill me with gratitude."



Yes, but will God forgive ME?

 

You say, "That's great, but will God forgive me?"  Let me ask you a question ¾ If God is willing and able to forgive every person's sins through Jesus, why would you be the only exception?  Why would God forgive all who seek forgiveness except for you?  And, why would He refuse to for­give you for all sins except your sin of abortion?  If you think your sin of abortion is greater than God's power to forgive, then you have too high an opinion of yourself.  God is greater than you and your sins.  If the shed blood of Jesus didn't cover your abortion, it wouldn't cover anything else either.  It's an all or nothing forgiveness God offers you (Romans 4:8; Hebrews 8:12).  Consider Vicky Wilde's words: "Thank God that even though I had almost forgotten Him, He had not forgot­ten me, but gently and lovingly brought me to a place where I could reach out to Him and call on Him for mercy."  She cried out to God.  Won't you cry out to Jesus as your Savior?

The only way to obtain God's forgiveness is through Jesus Christ, who said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me."  If you don't think Jesus is the answer to your problem, I challenge you to try any other method.  You will find (indeed, you may already have found) the help you get is temporary at best.

If you have placed your faith in Jesus to forgive your sins, all your sins, then from this moment on your salvation is secure and your sins are forgiven.  The following passage from Psalm 103:2-4; 10-13 should fill your heart with joy:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion. . . . He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.  As far as the east is from the west, So far has he removed our transgressions from us.  Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compas­sion on those who fear Him.

Does God still love you?  He tells you "YES!"  Will God forgive you?  If you have placed your faith in Jesus, He already has!

            Although God has forgiven you, He doesn't usually just "zap" your problems away.  There's still confusion and hurt to work through.  You've taken some BIG steps by admitting you were wrong when you aborted your baby and by accepting the fact you can't solve your problems without God's help.  Now you can begin to sort out and resolve the other problems with which you struggle.


Your Thoughts

 
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After reading this chapter, I have hope because . . .

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[1] Bill and Sue Banks, Ministering to Abortion's Aftermath (Impact Books, Inc., Kirkwood, Missouri, 1982), p. 24.



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