Abortion. It's a subject that often brings up intense emotions, memories, and feelings of guilt and shame. If you're a Christian woman who has had an abortion, you may be struggling with how to find hope and healing after such a difficult experience. You may be wondering if God can forgive you and if you can ever forgive yourself. The good news is that there is hope, and there is healing after abortion.
Here are three things you can do to begin the journey of inner healing.
The first step to inner healing is acknowledging your feelings. This can be hard to do, especially if you've been bottling up your emotions for a long time. Maybe you've told yourself that you need to "just get over it" or "forgive and forget." But the truth is, those things take time. And it's okay to grieve the loss of your child. In fact, it's healthy to grieve. So allow yourself to feel the range of emotions you're experiencing without judgment.
The second step to finding hope and healing after an abortion is seeking forgiveness—from yourself and from God. If you're a Christian, chances are you believe in the power of forgiveness. And forgiveness can be incredibly freeing—but first, you have to forgive yourself. So many women who have had abortions struggle with intense feelings of guilt and shame. They beat themselves up emotionally. If that sounds like you, know that it's time to let go of the guilt. Spend some time in prayer asking God to forgive you and to help you forgive yourself, and then let it go. Once you've done that, ask God to help you heal from the pain of your abortion experience so that you can move on with your life.
The final step on your journey of inner healing is choosing hope—hope for yourself, hope for your future and hope for your life after abortion. When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it may seem like there are no good options. You may have made what seemed like the best decision at the time given your circumstances, but know that it's never too late to choose hope. No matter what happened in your past, God has a plan for your future. So if you're struggling after an abortion experience, know that there is hope. And know that you can heal!
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