- - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Culture challenge of the week: Mother's Day after abortion

Mother's Day is a wonderful celebration — a time when mothers are honored for their constant love and daily sacrifices, and when life itself is recognized and treasured as the gift that it is.

But for many women who have had abortions, Mother's Day is one of the biggest triggers of painful memories and remorse over what “might have been.”

My heart breaks for these women.

Even though they accepted and believed the messages our society esteems — messages about a right to choose and the importance of “family planning” — these women have learned, through bitter experience, the truth that abortion is tragic.

Though they are free from the responsibility of raising a child, free from the embarrassment of pregnancy, free from financial burden and free to control their own lives, their broken hearts are imprisoned by a sense of loss, shame and regret.

The even sadder truth is that many Christians, the very people who should show the most compassion to these hurting women, pour judgment upon them instead. When Christians preach judgment rather than forgiveness, they hinder the healing process of those women and of the entire nation.

In honor of all those who desperately want to experience the joy of Mother's Day but cannot undo the decisions of their past, I share this truth: Jesus Christ does not condemn you. He offers only healing.

How to save your family: Find forgiveness and spread the truth

King David recorded his own experience with regret in Psalm 32:

“When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.”

In Psalm 34, he wrote: “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.”

The world offers us “control” of our lives, but the Lord offers us freedom from the need to control our lives. In him, we find forgiveness, healing and life to the fullest.

If you find yourself suffocating in regret, turn to Jesus.

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