Encouragement tip #8: God doesn’t hate you–even after abortion

Abortion is just an idea until you’ve had one (or more). And then you cannot undo what’s been done.

Many of us would take it back and choose life. Even if yours seemed an impossible situation and you believe abortion was the best that could be done, you may still feel that what happened has left you far from God. You may even be fearful that God hates you for taking the life of a child.

It’s easy to think that your faith may have failed when you chose or were coerced into abortion, but God is not the one who has moved when we find ourselves feeling far from His love.

God has said:
“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.” (Isaiah 54:4, NKJV)

This Scripture helps us realize that we may have become “spiritual widows” because of abortion in our past. Although we did not experience the death of a spouse (and most of us weren’t married), we may have given some part of our hearts to someone who left us alone when the pressure of an unforeseen pregnancy forced the issue of whether there was an actual commitment to one another and our future.

Abortion means a death in the family, but it doesn’t mean the death of God’s love. God’s promises that we’ll “forget” and “not remember” can only be fulfilled through the love of Jesus Christ. He cannot both hate you and die for your sake and for the mistakes and sins of all the world.

His love for us is not based on our behavior, sin, or choices.

He loves and He stays right where He is, so that we may always find Him when we seek Him, no matter what.

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