Dear Christian Sisters,
As I said in my last post titled “Do Not Give Up Speaking Truth,” women who have had abortions are contacting me privately.
In all the recent controversy over late-term abortions, I see God revealing hearts and calling His daughters back to him.
Please receive them in love.
Why Is Our Response Important?
Our response to post-abortive women is important because:
- Speaking truth in love is what Jesus did—as did my husband.
- Speaking in love results in repentance, which results in healing and a restored relationship with Christ.
- Restored post-abortive women can speak boldly about abortion in a way that others cannot and will become a loud trumpet that cannot be ignored.
Speak the Truth in Love
Jesus spoke the truth in love both to the woman at the well, resulting in many Samaritans hearing the Gospel, and to the woman caught in adultery, resulting in her accusers walking away, saving her life.
My husband also spoke the truth in love, and as result I chose personal faith in Jesus as the Christ, reconciled with God, and was healed. You’ll read about my hero in my upcoming book ReTested.
People who prayed outside Abby Johnson‘s Planned Parenthood clinic (40 Days for Life) also spoke the truth in love, as did her husband, resulting in her famously leaving her position as clinic Director and now speaking boldly for the pro-life movement. You can watch her story in the upcoming movie “Unplanned.”
My point? Speaking the truth in love results in people choosing Christ and His path.
Healing & Restoration
Healing comes through acknowledging one’s responsibility and confessing it to the Lord. For me, admitting that my abortion was my choice, not the result of others’ actions, was central to my repentance.
The same was true of King David in the Old Testament. After he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband Uriah killed, he said:
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long (Psalm 32:3).
Before I reconciled with God, I felt as David did:
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer (Psalm 32:4b).
But both King David and I found freedom through confession:
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:9-10)
I also found a great deal of freedom from forgiving.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15).
Perhaps you are not living a life of freedom, even though you never had an abortion. Whether you’ve had an abortion or not, take some time today to ask God how you have sinned and whom you have not forgiven. Then confess your sin and your anger.
Lord, I confess that I ___________________ and I should not have. I am sorry. Please forgive me. For I know what I did was wrong, and it is always before me. Against you have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. Cleanse me, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness!
Lord, I blame ___________________(person’s name) for ______________________. Please forgive me for harboring bitterness and anger toward him/her. Lord, I forgive ___________________. Bless __________________ with every spiritual blessing.
I pray that the freedom you feel is as amazing as mine.
Healed people get excited to tell everyone what Christ did. Imagine the powerful evangelical force of healed and restored Christians.
Imagine the powerful evangelical force of healed and restored post-abortive Christian women!
One of the private messages that I received this week from a post-abortive woman was a cry over New York’s late-term abortion.
I am crying, too. Not only are more babies going to die, but now we’re going to have even more women who are spiritually dead, bitter, and defending the pro-choice movement. They are going to need healing, too.
Now, imagine hundreds of healed, outspoken, post-abortive women who explain how abortion hurt them psychologically and spiritually.
Imagine every pro-choice argument—intended to be pro-women arguments—refuted by women who have had abortions.
Now that’s a trumpet band I want to hear!
“Cry loudly, do not hold back;
Raise your voice like a trumpet,
And declare to My people their transgression
And to the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).
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