Devotion Weekly is Pro Life!

This page was written by our Vice President, Laura Schellenberger. 

 

 

Abortion…one of the most controversial topics in our

society today. Should you be pro-life or pro-choice? Should you consider the rights of the baby or the mother? Is it moral or immoral? Today, I will share about the

development of the baby in the womb and how God has formed that baby

for a purpose. Also, for those who have had an abortion and may be

dealing with guilt or shame from their decision, I will share how

they can find healing and forgiveness. I hope that after reading

this, you will understand how precious each child is to God and how

God loves and cares you.

Is the baby even alive in the womb? Many people believe the baby is not

alive until he/she is born. But in fact, scientifically and

biblically, it has been proven that the baby is alive and has been

created for a purpose.

According to the article “Fetal Development week by week” on Baby

Center, within 5

weeks of conception, the baby is already developing a circulatory

system and the heart is beating. Then at 6 weeks the nose, mouth,

ears, intestines, and brain begin to form. Incredibly, at just 11

weeks, the child is almost fully formed and can kick and stretch. At

27 weeks, the baby’s brain and lungs are functioning. The young

infant wakes and sleeps inside the womb. And at 35 weeks, the

kidneys and liver are developed. With these facts, it is simply

impossible to believe that a baby is not alive in the womb.

According to John Piper on Desiring

God, “The

destruction of conceived human life…is an assault on the unique

person-forming work of God.” Why? Psalm 139:13 says, “For you

created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

God created them, loves them, and they are “fearfully and

wonderfully made…” as Psalm 139:14 exclaims. “The life of the

unborn is the knitting of God, and what he is knitting is a human

being in his own image, unlike any other creature in the universe.”

God creates them in his own image and taking the life of an unborn

child will destroy God’s plan for them and the difference they

could have made in this world.

Now since we know that babies are alive in the womb, then choosing to

get an abortion would be considered murder. Murder is “…Violent,

personal killing,” and that is what happens in an abortion. Thus,

getting an abortion is morally wrong. Also, shedding innocent blood

is criticized about 20 times in the Bible. According to John Piper

on Desiring God, “Jeremiah puts it in a context: ‘Thus says the Lord: Do justice

and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him

who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the

fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.’

And surely the blood of the unborn is as innocent as any blood that

flows in the world.” Now, in certain circumstances, the life of the child and the mother may be in danger. There have been times that doctors recommend getting

an abortion but is this the right decision? What is the solution?

What are we supposed to do?

God has created that child in the womb and is aware of the danger to the

mother and the child. He knew this was going to happen and he can

heal both of them in an instant. But no matter the outcome, we

should choose to trust God and believe that He still has a plan and

as Isaiah 55: 8-9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways.

Romans 8:28 says that God will always work “for the good of those

who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Also, as John Piper on Desiring

God explains, “It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is

not our individual right to make this choice.” In the book of Job,

all of Job’s children died. He could have cursed God and become

angry at God, but instead, he said in Job 1:21, “…the Lord gave,

and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” He

didn’t give up hope and in the case of a life-threatening

pregnancy, we should also choose to never forget who our God is and

hold on to the hope that He has a plan and a purpose. John Piper on

Desiring God says, “He is Giver and Taker in this awesome affair of life.” We

should recognize this and choose to trust Him in every aspect of our

lives.

Now, there may be some of you

reading this, who in fact, have had an abortion and feel guilty. You

could be questioning why you feel guilty or even if you could ever be

forgiven for the decision you made.

On Desiring God, there is a story of a young woman who chose to have an abortion

because she felt she could not “offer any quality of life to a

child at the time.” She said, “… I felt I was doing the child

better by preventing him or her from having to suffer in a broken

family or a foster home. I understand that way of thinking is

absurd. I just didn’t understand that at the time.” She used to

attend church but no longer goes because she doesn’t feel like she

belongs. After making this decision, she felt so much grief and

wondered if there was any hope left for her. She asks, “Does God

even want to forgive me for this? Does he want me and still have the

plans for me that he did before, or are those plans gone? I just hope

that there’s still hope for me…”

John Piper responds to this young woman’s pain. He explains to her

that it’s a good thing she realized getting an abortion was wrong.

She owned up to her guilt and to her sin and we should all do that.

When we know we did something wrong, we should recognize our sin,

change our lifestyle and habits, accept the consequences for what we

have done, and ask God for forgiveness. He desires to forgive us, as

it says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and

just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness.” God not only forgives us but also, through

sending His son, Jesus Christ, God delivered us from sin and death.

We do not need to condemn ourselves but instead, “embrace the

gospel that Christ bore our sins in his body, on the cross. Now, in

him, God is for me, not against me.” That doesn’t take away the

fact that what we did was wrong and it doesn’t eliminate the

consequences. Instead, it removes the condemnation and the guilt for

our actions. Also, we should never forget that God has a plan for our

life. “When

you come to him, he has plans for you. Your life will not be wasted

if you come to him.”

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares

the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future

and a hope.”

 

I hope that after reading this, you have come to value each child’s

life and realize that God has a plan and a purpose for them. If

instead, you still consider abortion to be morally right, then that

is fine. I have not written this to condemn those who approve of it.

 

Works Cited

 

“Fetal Development Week by Week.” Baby

Center,

www.babycenter.com/fetal-development- week-by-

week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piper, John. “Ten Reasons Why It Is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn

Children.” Desiring  God, 7 April 1989,

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/ten-reasons-why-it-is-wrong-to- take-the-life-of-unborn-children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piper, John. “‘I Had an Abortion.’” Desiring God,

14 July 2017, www.desiringgod.org/interviews/i-had-an-abortion.

Accessed 8 Oct. 2018.

 

 

New International Version Study Bible.

Zondervan Corp., 1985. Print.

 

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