January 26, 2020

sundaydevotionals

Psalm 139:13–16 (ESV) — 13 “For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Our wonderful God formed us in our mother womb. What a hope filled truth! Every unborn baby has dignity. Every unborn baby has the right to life. Since personhood begins at conception, what is our responsibility to these precious human lives?  Our goal must be to find ways to encourage a culture of life.

A culture of life certainly includes involvement in social and political arena to change pro-abortion laws. We can also support pregnancy resource centers. We can advocate for the unborn in our conversations with people.

It’s also really important to offer help to pregnant women who feel overwhelmed. An “unwanted” pregnancy can leave the person afraid and confused. They can be filled with questions such as, “What do I do now?”, “How will the baby’s father react?” “Will my boyfriend or husband abandon me?” and “Will my Christian friends condemn me or come alongside me to offer help?”

As we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus, we are called to offer hope. We can give loving direction, time and resources to those overwhelmed with a pregnancy. Receiving loving help will often change the direction of a pregnancy from being unwanted to wanted. Most of all, we can offer the gospel of grace. We can communicate to them that through faith in Christ, they can be confident of God’s hopeful future.

“Father God, help me to be Your hands and feet to a hurting world. Remind me that Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it. Give me a spirit of gentleness and love to all people. Give me courage to share Your gospel. In Jesus name, Amen.”