|Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into [error] sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. (Gal. 6:1-3 MSG)
In this passage, the Bible gives us the task of restoration, of stooping down and reaching out. These are commands that take time and a spirit of mercy. In Ephesians 4:26 we read, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry….” How can we mercifully stoop down and reach out to those mothers who are angry? How can we bring restoration in the wake of pain or on the threshold of irreversible decisions?
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life answers this question with one word: Discipleship. He says, “Pro-life is not simply a cause, a movement, a philosophy, or a political ideology. It is a spirituality, an aspect of discipleship.” To truly help angry mothers and their children and families, the Church is commanded to offer agape love and service. In contrast, abortion does not cure anger; it brings death and anguish.
Do not let the sun go down on our nation’s pain. This means interceding that God would peel back the hidden hurts of countless mothers and put His arms around them, one by one. He can do this through His people, through those of us who choose to shoulder the burdens of others and calm the fears of those who are hurting. This is a valid choice that comes hand-in-hand with promoting life.
Years ago, I made some angry decisions, including having two abortions, which were pitched to me as “safe and legal.” Those abortions cost me three lives, including my subsequent miscarriage. My mother, too, was not only angry in 1950, she was also pregnant and scared. Thank God my Granddaddy and Daddy promised to help my mother through that first unexpected pregnancy. I was born to A. D. and Naomi Ruth Barber King on January 22, 1951.
Over the years, my mother recovered from her anger, finding grace in Jesus Christ. Over the years, I too have come to understand that I never needed those abortions and miscarriage. I needed help. In light of my own story, may the Church not only know the truth, may we help and be a family to those who need to see and know as we do now. This calls for discipleship. Let us commit to a new future and a new promise: No more angry mothers.
·Take time to repent of any tone of accusation and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with truth and mercy. Prayerfully consider your frail humanity as you meditate on the following verses: James 2:13 ( 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.} ; Hebrews 4:16.16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need
· Pray for the strengthening of the American family. Ask that your church family may be a refuge of love and a beacon of truth for the accused and the accusers. Ask the Lord to give your church opportunities to intervene in the lives of families that are without understanding of His divine grace. Read Zechariah 12:10 and 2 Corinthians 12:9.
· Meditate on Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All. Remember that sin is real and repentance is a gift. Pray that we may all be free to “go and sin no more” (John 8:11, KJV). Ask God to allow you to deliver truth that shines light with a heart to bring liberty as part of the judgment process.
By Dr. Alveda King. Dr. King is a pastoral associate with Priests for Life and founder of King for America. To learn more, please visit: http://americareturntogod.com/.
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