Friends, this post contains both scripture and videos regarding the value of life as given by God…both in the womb and outside of the womb. The first video includes answers to the top 6 objections to pro-life arguments (apologia), and the second thoughtfully explores the current cultural impact of secular sexuality. Let’s keep praying as well as reading His Words, Sisters! We need to His help as to love well. The endeavor to help these moms, dads, and unborn children continues (ie prayer, donations, fostering, adopting, friendship, and more). It’s in His strength and for His glory…always. ♥️
“Yes. There are going to be many scared and desperate women out there who need the church to come alongside them in love and support to not just say “no” to abortion, which is right, but to show them and their babies the extravagant love of God. This just might be one of the biggest opportunities of our generation to SHOW UP as God’s people to the fatherless and widow.”Megan McArthur (friend and sister)
“You shall not murder.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 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.
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,
Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.
Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
“‘You shall not murder.
And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.
And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
Their bows will slaughter the young men; they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will not pity children.
And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive.
Give them, O Lord— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. …
On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?
“Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, ‘A man is conceived.’
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
And so train the young women to love their husbands and children,
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? …
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
For he will be great before the Lord. And he (John) must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his manhood he strove with God.
Look, O Lord, and see! With whom have you dealt thus? Should women eat the fruit of their womb, the children of their tender care? Should priest and prophet be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
1 Timothy 5:14
So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. …