The Sanctity of Human Life
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
Something that has recently been laid very heavy on my heart is the topic of the sanctity of human life. In a world so obsessed with autonomy and individuality, it can be easy to get lost in the whole “be your own person” mantra. What if I told you that my mere existence—apart from the ordinances of Christ—rests solely upon my birth mother who chose to give me life instead of abort me? You see, I was adopted 21 years ago into a loving, God-fearing family. I’ve never met my birth mother, but the sacrificial love she showed me (carrying me for 9 months until birth) mirrors the God-affirming value of life we are shown throughout the Scriptures.
Christians, we see the God of the Bible values human life (Genesis 1:27), and I am constantly dumbfounded at a society where this is debated. People fight for equal rights, yet they deny the sacredness of a child’s life in a mother’s womb. We are made in His image and woven together by God—what grace He has shown us even from conception.
My dear sisters, we must be reminded that all life is of value to our precious Creator. You are a deeply loved, passionately pursued, and a precious child of God…we all are.
The extent of God’s grace brings me to tears. He pursued us intimately, even from the very beginning. God is still God whether or not a baby is in the womb or born into this world. When we deny the sanctity of human life, we are blatantly denying the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth. I urge you to take hold of the Truth and remain steadfast to regard all human life as a precious gift from our God, who is eternally fearful and wonderful.
Dear heavenly Father, Creator and sustainer of all things, thank you for giving me life. Your grace abounds, and I admit You are God, and I am not. Great are Your works, wonderful God. I praise You for You created me in Your image. Oh fearful God, help me to conform to Christ and forsake my flesh. Please give me grace to stand firm in the Scriptures, affirming the value of all human life. In Your precious name, Amen.
Read and meditate on Psalms 139. Be reminded of how wonderful our Creator is. Look to see what these verses say about God, and shift your eyes off of yourself and on to the Truth of the Scriptures.