God’s Forgiveness Is Without Prejudice
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9
On the 46th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, something unthinkable happened in the state of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the controversial bill decriminalizing and allowing late term abortion. Since the signing of this bill on January 22, Christians have been understandably and rightfully vocal about the murderous decision. My heart today is speaking to a different group of sisters. In the midst of the fight for the unborn children, I want to make sure if you are a sister who has made the decision to have an abortion in the past, you know and understand God’s love and forgiveness is for you.
Maybe you made a decision you regret. Maybe you feel like God cannot forgive a decision you have made in the past. Abortion is not an unforgivable sin.
God’s forgiveness is without prejudice. Just as all sin merits the same penalty, all sin merits the same forgiveness. I think we go through our life unintentionally punishing ourselves for things Jesus already paid for, but what we have to understand is that none of us are good (Ecclesiastes 7:20). Our sin is offensive to God (Psalm 51:4), and if we repent of our sin, God is faithful to forgive us. Do you feel like you aren’t good enough? The answer to that question is, you aren’t. None of us are. This is the good news of the Gospel: even though we deserve death, Jesus is our redemption (Ephesians 1:7).
Whether you’ve made the decision to have an abortion, sexual sin, addiction, or any other sin, turn to your Father. You can’t earn His forgiveness, but you can receive it by grace, through faith and the mercy of God. Know forgiveness is for you, and you are loved.
Father, I thank You that though I am a sinner and deserve eternal punishment, through Your Son I have eternal life. I thank You for Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Forgive me where I have failed You, and help me to live in redemption so You may be glorified day by day. Amen.
Have you ever felt like your sin is unforgivable? Spend time in Psalm 51 this week. What does this teach us about repentance and forgiveness?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.