Winter snow, such a beautiful sight. I think the one thing I love about winter snow is the purity I feel when I see it. The color of each flake falling, the childlike feeling of snow days, mama making her famous hot chocolate for my sister and I as we sit patiently waiting by the fire. It’s such a beautiful image for me. I also love how Isaiah 1:18 tells us that our sin will be made white as snow – “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
This means something to me. It tells me that my faith is in a savior who delights in my freedom from my own sin, freedom from pain, freedom from grief and freedom from the sins of others. As I reflect on Isaiah 1:18, it reminds me that 1) we are sinful human beings 2) we have the freedom to choose Him and to be made pure.
Just like most people, I scroll through a social media that is flooded with separation of this country. The New York abortion bill passing was not exempt from this division. People pointing fingers, calling women who abort murderers, and women who abort standing their ground at any verbal cost. I’m not normally one to talk about politics or throw my opinion out there, but as I was praying on what to write about in this beautiful space allowed by this amazing team here at Through the Heart, I felt the Lord impress on my heart that there are many of us mothers who tend to get a little sting inside when it comes to abortion.
Yes, there are many women who choose to abort – we can’t judge them. Yes, there are many who abort due to medical issues – we can’t decide that for them. Yes, there are some of us who were not given that opportunity to choose life because our babies were taken from us at no choice of our own. It hurts – it hurts to think about a woman consciously choosing to abort their baby. We can’t fathom that thought because of the pain we experienced after miscarriage, but…… to choose life is to choose love.
Many of us believe life should always win and should always be what is chosen. However, we can’t be pro-LIFE but then speak DEATH to the living. We can’t ignore the sin of our own tongues as we speak or think judgement. We must continue to love. We must continue to encourage. We must continue to speak LIFE to women who have aborted. We don’t know their story. We don’t know their why. We don’t know what road they traveled to come to the decision of aborting. We don’t know what lies the enemy whispered in her ear as she realized she was pregnant and not ready.
But what we do know, is that with Christ – all things are made new. We still have a responsibility to help build the Kingdom. If our words are proving to be deadly, then we have possibly turned away a woman who has aborted or a woman who believes in pro-choice, and marked her spiritual DEATH due to the poor example of Christ we set. People turn away from God when they see hatred.
You can’t be pro-life but then speak death.
We still have a responsibility to show the LOVE of CHRIST and to show forgiveness. Even if it hurts your heart because you have miscarried or because you are experiencing infertility. Trust me sister, I feel your pain. I have struggled with this. I have felt anger deep within me at the thought of a woman choosing a death sentence for her child when I wanted LIFE for my miscarried baby. It hurts. It stings.
God wants you to walk in freedom from that pain and bitterness. He wants you to set an example of a Christ-filled woman who LOVES others more than herself. He wants us to remember that Christ lives in us and because of that…..there is no room for hate. We all sin.
So, I encourage you today to set down the anger, pain, bitterness and deadly words. Pick up TRUTH, remember LOVE and TRULY be pro-LIFE. Forgive.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18