Dear Mother, Made in the Image of God,
I write to you today with a message of hope, a message that should pierce through the veil of despair that has enshrouded your heart, and bring forth a ray of light to guide you out of the dark abyss of guilt and shame. I understand that you have been carrying a heavy burden, one that has caused you to question your worth and your place in the eyes of the Lord. You may have thought that your actions are so terrible that God would never forgive you. You may have asked yourself, “Does God forgive murderers?”
Oh, my dear friend, let me assure you with the utmost conviction that God’s love and forgiveness know no bounds. He is a God of grace and mercy, who desires nothing more than to save and redeem those who come to him in repentance and faith. The Bible tells us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39), not even the most heinous of sins. The love of God is not dependent on our actions, but on the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our sins on the cross.
I understand that you may be feeling guilty and ashamed of your decision to have an abortion. The weight of that decision may have caused you to spiral into a pit of despair, where you feel that you are beyond redemption. This is not meant to undermine the gravity of this crime against God and His image—it is most serious. Such a crime is, like any transgression against the Holy “I Am”, according to Scripture, deserving of the eternal wrath of God. But God’s mercy is just as great as his justice and wrath and it’s important to remember that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He took upon himself the punishment that we deserved, and through his death, burial, and resurrection, he reconciled His people to Himself.
You may be wondering how this could be true. You may be thinking, “But I’ve done something terrible, something that can’t be forgiven.” But the truth is that there is nobody righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10) and that our “good works” are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) without the covering of the blood of Jesus. God sent his son to die on the cross to save sinners (Mark 2:17), and that includes you.
When we confess our sins and turn to Jesus in faith, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). He does not look at our past transgressions, but at the righteousness of Jesus Christ, imputed to us through faith. He sees us as if we have never sinned, and that is the power of the gospel. He doesn’t just forgive us, but He also transforms us and makes us new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). He removes our heart of stone and gives us a new heart, a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26), one that desires to follow Him in faith and obedience all the days of our life from that moment forward.
It’s important to note that this forgiveness and cleansing is not based on our efforts or good works, but on the finished work of Christ on the cross. Ephesians 2:8-9 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.” God’s forgiveness and cleansing is a free gift for all who will receive it.
My dear friend, I urge you to let go of the guilt and shame that has been holding you captive, enslaving you in mental and emotional torment. Allow the love and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to wash over you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Cry out to Him in repentance and faith, confess your sins, and ask for forgiveness. Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, and you will be saved (Romans 10:9).
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12). He will not remember your sins anymore (Hebrews 8:12). He will not stay angry with you forever, for He delights in mercy (Micah 7:18).
I understand that this may be a difficult time for you. You may be feeling alone and lost. But please know that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to support you through this process. Find a bible-believing Church that doesn’t water down the gravity of sin, but stands on the firm foundation of the truth of Scripture, the holiness of God, and the gracious gospel that He has entrusted the Church to proclaim in its fullness. And most importantly, “Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)”
So, let go of your guilt and shame and turn to him, lay it at the foot of the cross. He is patiently waiting to redeem all of His children whom He has entrusted to His Son for eternal salvation.
Grace and peace be with you!
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