The “it’s my body” mantra has been argued by promoters of the death industry since the advent of legalized abortion in America. The truth is that when a woman becomes pregnant, a separate being is formed and two bodies exist now where there was only one, and both should be involved in the discussion. Obvious scientific fact aside, this phrase did not originate with the pro-abortion culture of death and they tragically misuse it.
Luke 22:19 And He (Jesus) took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
Promoters of death actually steal this line from the Creator of life, Jesus Christ Himself. Out of love He willingly gave His body for His children who were not even born yet. Jesus so loved us that He considered even suffering on the cross a joy because of the reward it would produce. The reward His suffering produced is reconciliation with His children; reconciliation with us.
We live in a land who’s primary value seems to be avoiding suffering at all cost, even if the cost is murder. Thankfully there is a depth of life and a true reality far greater than the meager imitation that engulfs this culture. There is a truth and a love that is shed abroad in our hearts by faith to which we must cling.
Suffering produces joy and Jesus Himself honors the suffering that a mother endures.
Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. John 16:20-23
Jesus compares suffering of persecution to the suffering of a woman who is expecting. He understands that it is difficult and that it involves pain, but He also knows the great reward that is produced. He promises joy and answered prayers with full term pregnancy.
Any joy or relief that comes from avoiding suffering though abortion is temporary.
Ask one of the mothers of aborted babies who now fight for the ending of abortion. Eventually the weight of guilt will fall and the wages of the tragic death of an innocent child will be demanded.
In contrast, the joy of choosing Jesus, of choosing life is eternal and not based on fleeting circumstantial pleasure, even if temporary suffering is involved. The joy outweighs the pain.
The love of a mother is a force so powerful it is stronger than extreme suffering– it is stronger than death. This love does not disappear when a baby is aborted, it only then turns into anguish. The anguish of this loss can only be healed by the cleansing forgiveness of Jesus, promised the second you turn from your devastating choice to Him wholeheartedly. He will restore your love for your children and for yourself, and heal your heart.
Please pray with me that God will completely heal and restore the mothers that you know who have aborted their children. Please pray that God will open their hearts to receive His redeeming love, forgiveness, and strength to forgive and love themselves again like He does. Please pray that they will have opportunities and overwhelming compassion to encourage scared, expecting mothers to choose life.