I once heard someone say, “There’s a difference between forgiveness and healing,” but it wasn’t until God led me on a twenty-five year journey that I finally understood the profound truth of those words.
Today, many women still suffer in silence. Even, perhaps especially, inside God’s Church. Like me, they have abortion in their past. While they may have come to regret their decision, the choice cannot be undone.
The truth is that all of us have suffered the pain and regret of past choices. The wounds of abortion are especially difficult as we often hesitate to talk about them. Even after receiving God’s forgiveness, many continue to suffer shame and regret in silence. But there is hope.
The Need for Healing
For some of us, even if we receive God’s forgiveness, the struggle to forgive ourselves still lingers. While only God has the power to forgive, our suffering is still real. It exposes the truth that there remains a deep wound in our heart. Even if we have embraced God’s love and forgiveness, the aftermath of our tragic choices can remain – perhaps for a lifetime – if left unhealed.
The reality is that there is a difference between forgiveness and healing: we need both. In my Bible study Worthy of Love: A Journey of Hope and Healing After Abortion, I share my own personal story and journey to healing. God used my tears and heartbreak to open my eyes to His love and amazing promise:
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Jesus (Mark 5:34 NIV)
Worthy of Love is recommended by Pastor Chip Ingram and his wife Theresa who writes, “I know from personal experience that abortion leaves an open wound on a mother’s heart… Worthy of Love gives us a clear pathway to complete healing and restoration as we offer up our wounds to the healing power of God’s Word.”
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There is hope after abortion.