It’s been too long. You’ve smoked too long. You’ve been mean and judgmental too long. You’ve slept with too many people. You’ve tried and failed to get over your pornography or pill addiction too long. You’ve cheated people out of too much money. You’ve told too many lies. You’ve destroyed too many people’s reputations. You’ve been violent toward your spouse too long. You’ve had too many abortions.
Perhaps as an OB-Gyn physician that last one hits close to home for me. I was on a missions trip in another country when a local pastor’s wife asked to talk with me. Through her tears she asked me if I thought God could forgive her because she had undergone several abortions. There was no safe contraception available to her, and she and her husband felt they couldn’t afford to raise any more children.
Another time I was seeing a patient for her first prenatal visit, and asking all the usual questions. When I asked, “Have you ever been pregnant before” she burst into tears. “Yes. Three times. Three abortions.” She was ashamed and covered with guilt. Did she have a chance with this pregnancy? Could God ever look on her with favor?