Many years ago, my wife and I were involved with a young lady who had separated from her husband who was involved with another woman.
It had been a difficult time. The husband was also abusive and the police had gotten involved.
However, as she was separating she didn’t realize she was pregnant and when that came to light, everyone in her life including family, friends and even the police counseled her to get an abortion, which she did.
She wasn’t a Christian and now living thousands of miles away from her family, she was still haunted by the abortion and treated the abortion date like an ugly birthday.
She was depressed and struggling because of the abortion.
This is the one side of abortion that the activists don’t like telling anyone about, namely the emotional trauma associated with abortion that can follow a woman through out her life.
According to Liberty Counsel (LC), a recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatryy concluded that there are several mental health issues associated with abortion.
The researchers analyzed the health data involving 877,000 women that included 164,000 women who had aborted a child. The researchers discovered that the chances of a woman experiencing mental health issues increased by 81% if they had an abortion compared to a woman who never had one.
- A 37% increased risk of depression. The woman we were counseling was clearly in this camp,
- A 34% greater chance of suffering from anxiety disorder.
- 110% increased risk of alcohol abuse.
- 155% increased risk of suicide. LC noted that this fell in line with another study of 640,000 women between the ages of 15-49 that reported women who had an abortion were six times more likely to commit suicide.
Women were created to give and preserve life and abortion goes against every instinct God put inside them.
But the incredible thing is through Jesus, God forgives and forgets our sins utterly and completely:
I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake,
And I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25 NASV)
The prophet Micah goes a step further and uses a descriptive metaphor of how God tosses our sins into the depths of the sea:
He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins
Into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19 NASV)
Once we ask Jesus to forgive us, God completely forgets our sins. He never remembers them again.
But now comes the challenging part, we not only need to forgive ourselves, we also need to forget.
It is the next step that God wants you to take.
The Apostle John speaks of our hearts condemning us as it remembers past sins. He says we need to firmly and confidentially embrace the truth of God’s forgiveness and as we do this, it will enable us to forgive ourselves:
20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; (1 John 3:20-21 NASV)
Every time condemning thoughts rise up in your heart, remind yourself of God’s forgiveness.
Say to yourself, “I am forgiven.”
Even speak these words out loud. You need to hear it and believe it.