Scientists and studies have proven a strong correlation between abortion and suicide. Mothers who abort their babies sometimes suffer with strong suicidal feelings and impulses. One of the reasons for this sad reality is that there are so many mothers who do not realize that they are grieving a real loss of life until it is too late. Because they do not allow themselves the opportunity to heal or grieve, secret shame can consume them and result in desperate thoughts and desperate measures.
I was praying about this sad connection and thought about the tragic story of Judas. He betrayed Jesus with a kiss and for silver. In the end he took his own life in a desperate attempt to escape the sum of his mistake. The story of Judas that lead to suicide has striking parallels to some abortion stories I have heard.
Judas wanted intimacy outside of covenant. He betrayed Jesus with a kiss, but left during communion. Young couples often seek intimacy outside of covenant because of a lack of love, affection, and morality at home. Young people are also encouraged outrageously by disturbing promotions from Planned Parenthood to be promiscuous without covenanted commitment to one another even at a young age.
Judas was among the disciples Jesus empowered with His name to heal the sick and do mighty works. LIFE was the result of Judas having been with Jesus. The result of intimacy, even outside of covenant is often LIFE. Young girls find themselves expecting a child at a young age without solid relationships or support. Many are surrounded by overwhelming negativity and pressure to abort.
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Many young women abort because they feel false pressure and fear that they cannot afford a child. Some feel the inconvenience and cost of a child is too much to bear and falsely believe abortion is their only option- when they could easily choose adoption. Jesus once made coins appear in fish. If Judas was only interested in coins, he could have asked. If he really understood all of his options, he would not have had to act so quickly out of the deep deception that surrounded him. Profit and money fuels the sick abortion industry and is sadly a huge part of the reasoning of many waiting in line to abort.
Judas took his own life. Sadly some women who abort choose the same, and many suffer periodically with suicidal thoughts and feelings. I believe, that like Judas, they feel hopeless and ashamed and almost buried under the weight of their choices. They feel too weak and disgusted to turn to Jesus, so in desperation, suicide seems like redemption. A seed of death is planted every time a woman aborts and death leads to death leads to death leads to death. A man reaps what he sows and with so much death by abortion it seems so hopeless.
The good news is that when Jesus died, He defeated death and was raised to life again. He sowed the ultimate seed of LIFE and we can all reap from His sacrifice.
To anyone who has had an abortion or to anyone who struggles with suicidal thoughts:
You are not hopeless. You are not out of options. No matter what you have done, you have not done enough to turn Jesus away from you when you call out to Him. You do not have to be perfect or clean to look to Him. Looking to Him is what cleanses you and makes you radiant. God sent His only Son, Jesus, because He loves you and wants to save you from the sinking situation you are in- He did not come to condemn you. He came to save you. Please be encouraged that Judas was not the only one who ever betrayed Jesus. Suicide is not redemption and it is not the answer that you are seeking. Even one of His closest friends Peter denied Him three times and turned his back on Jesus. After Peter made three horrible mistakes, when He saw Jesus again, he jumped out of a boat to swim to Him as fast as he could. Peter chose LIFE even after his mistakes and of course Jesus forgave him and loved him and redeemed him completely.
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Peter preached a sermon in Acts 2 that pricked so many hearts that thousands got saved. Judas was already dead. Choose what Peter chose. Jump out of that ship of depression and sadness and hurt from your mistake and swim to Jesus. He is waiting with open arms to embrace you, save you, give you LIFE again, and heal your aching heart. Do not give up on yourself. He has not given up on you yet.
LifeNews Note: Ellie Saul lives in quaint Jasper, AL with her husband Andrew. They are passionate lovers of Jesus and live to share His word and love with anyone they meet. Reprinted with permission from the Bound4Life blog.