But what if you've had an abortion? You've done a terrible thing. But healing and restoration can be found in Christ. Don't justify your own actions, look to Christ for justification.I agree, and think it merits a word of expansion.
God forgives the sins of repentant believers.
It was God who said this:
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,And this:
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his graceAnd this:
...and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from JerusalemGod forgives sins, there is forgiveness for sins; it is sinners who are declared righteous in and because of Christ.
God doesn't forgive mistakes, errors in judgment, bad choices, regrettable decisions, regrets. Genuine confession of sin doesn't include a "but" or "if" or "because" — as in "I did this, but I had no choice," or "if that was wrong, I'm sorry," or "I did that because my lover / partner / parent...."
Confession of sin is specific and unqualified. If it was a sin, you didn't have to do it. If it was a sin, you shouldn't have done it. If it was a sin, there is no excuse for it. If it was a sin, you would not do it again, offered the opportunity, God helping you.
If you imagine that you had to do it, that there was an excuse for it, that it wasn't really all that bad, then you don't see it as God sees it yet.
If your sin leaves you with a wrong that you should right, but you are unwilling to right it, then you don't see it as God sees it yet.
In those cases, your action isn't really a sin, to you. It is, at worst, an "oops." But Christ died for sins, not "oopses," since "oopses" don't really require forgiveness.
And the truth is, you don't really think it was even an "oops," do you? You still think you had a good reason to do it. It wasn't really bad, like what bad people do. You just have this guilt-feeling, and you'd like it to go away. So you run to the "forgiveness" button.
Or worse still, some Christian is talking to you, and trying to bring you to see it God's way (which is really a very loving thing to do), and you want him to stop bugging you about it.
So you tell him you're forgiven and he should forgive you too. That should shut him up.
Yet you really aren't forgiven.
Because you don't think you've really sinned.
And God only forgives the sins of repentant believers.