It is easy to not feel worthy of God’s forgiveness. There will be many situations in life and decisions that you will make that may make you feel like forgiveness is unattainable. I recall clearly making decisions in my teen years that made me feel unworthy. I felt sickened at myself at times and even dirty. It wasn’t a matter of the judgment of others, but the judgment I placed on myself. Feeling like God will not forgive you after your abortion has no bearing on His goodness. He is always good and always forgives.
One of my favorite Bible verses talks about the goodness of God and His ability and want to help us move forward. Romans 2:4 from The Message translation states, “God is kind, but He’s not soft. In kindness He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” Growing from our mistakes, understanding their consequences, and moving forward are all part of God’s plan for our life. We can’t change His plan, though we can get a little lost along the way. However, God always knows where we are. We may make decisions against His plan, but He is always waiting for us along the journey.
When God leads us back on the right path, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. As the verse states, God is kind, but not soft. Growth hurts. Moving in the right direction takes sacrifice. It is like shedding the old and becoming new. God forgives. Each and every time. However, God also wants us to come back in the right direction. While it will take a good amount of time to move on from your abortion, God’s forgiveness is not something on which you need to wait. Take time to heal and begin the process of forward motion. God is still there and waiting to move forward with you.
In the Bible, God forgave Paul who was a murderer, Rahab who was a prostitute, Noah who was a drunk, and even The Prodigal Son who squandered his entire inheritance. God is not in the habit of holding grudges. His love knows no bounds and is unwavering. His forgiveness is given freely to those who seek it.
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