And He *said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.
He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8
No matter what has (or hasn’t) happened in your life or how many questions you have about it, know this: you are still perfectly loved by the Most High God.
Everything about God is about His love for you! It was His love that caused Him to plan our redemption. It was because of love that Jesus came to the earth to die a horrible death and pay the price for our sin.
The Bible doesn’t say God sent Jesus because He was angry with mankind. John 3:16 says He came for you and for me because He loves us. Never doubt it!
His love never fails. It is at the core of God’s nature. It is a love that does what is best for you at every turn, whether that means correcting you (Heb. 12:6) or bestowing every blessing on you (Ephesians 1:3).
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love Me. I will protect those who trust in My name. When they call on Me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them My salvation.”
And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:27-28 NLT
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, if does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails.”
I was once told that if you replace “love” with your significant other’s name in this verse, and everything that’s true about love is also true about your significant other when you re-read the verse with their name, then you’ve found true love. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
"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." (Psalm 139:13)
"Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother's breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother's womb you have been my God." (Psalm 22:9-10)
"Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?" (Job 31:15)
Also, when Mary visits her pregnant cousin Elizabeth, she says "For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy." (Luke 1:44)
These are only a few examples. In Genesis, when God made ADAM, the first man, *his* life began with the breath of God. After that, we see a great deal of examples in the Bible that either outright say or heavily imply that God forms us and knows us IN OUR MOTHER'S WOMB.
And just as a disclaimer, I am not disagreeing with your stance on abortion - I am saying your arguments that use Scripture need strengthening, because what you are currently saying is not true. Wishing you a good day, and God bless.
Okay, but literally none of those are about abortion. They're mentioning that babies are developed in the womb.
Exodus 21:22 is, however, a part of the Bible that actually does mention the fetus.
“When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine. If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
This is fascinating because it outlines specific punishments for specific crimes. If a pregnant person is hurt in a struggle and then has a miscarriage, the penalty is a fine, a mere financial payment. But, if there is further harm, likely meaning the person has long-term and serious injuries or even dies, then the culprit could be killed.
Granted, the story has somewhat limited application to the current abortion debate since it deals with accidental and not willful pregnancy termination. Even so, the distinction made between the pregnant person and the fetus is important. The pregnant individual is valued as a person under the convenant; the fetus is valued as property. Its status is certainly inferior to that of the pregnant person.
This passage gives no support to the parity argument that gives equal religious and moral worth to the pregnant person and fetus.
In other words, the life and well-being of the pregnant person, is of much greater significance than those of their unborn child.
Furthermore, an excerpt from Numbers 5:11-31 actually mentions a ritual involving "bitter water" that will induce a miscarriage. This ritual, by the way, was conducted by a priest:
"He shall make the woman drink the bitter water... The priest is to take from her hands the grain offering, wave it before the Lord and bring it to the altar. The priest is then to take a handful of the grain offering as an offering and burn it on the altar; after that, he is to have the woman drink the water. When she is made to drink the water... it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry"
In terms of the Bible, other than the bit about life beginning at first breath, that is about it. We can dig away at some other scriptural references to try to justify various positions on this issue, but they’re all somewhat tenuous and none of them make an ironclad argument. It’s not that the Bible demands abortion rights, more that it simply doesn’t have anything pertinent to say about the subject.
Of course, if opponents of abortion were genuinely to live by the commandment that we must never kill, they would oppose wars, the military, the death penalty, and policies that lead directly to poverty, hunger, ill health, and death. To the contrary, the anti-abortion movement has become increasingly politically conservative over the years—it was, for example, one of the bulwarks of the Donald Trump presidency—and tends to be solidly behind the military and an aggressive foreign policy. It’s usually supportive of the death penalty as well. Contradiction and inconsistency. Abortion isn’t murder, murder is murder. Abortion isn’t a holocaust, the Holocaust was a holocaust.
A person's right to choose is a person's right to choose, and it’s downright unbiblical to try to twist scripture to argue against it.
2 Timothy 1:7 "For God did not give us the spirit of fear..but of power, love and a sound mind"
Fear can trap us and try to stop us dead in our tracks.
The spirit of fear is not something that has come from your Maker. It is something the devil uses to stop you from fulfilling God's plan for your life.
When fear of any kind begins to try to invade your mind, it is not the time to succumb to it, but to stand and remind ourselves that F.E.A.R. is really just False Evidence Appearing Real.
The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear.’ 1 John 4:18
O, Lord, I pray that You teach us how to live victorious lives through the empowering love and strength of Your Holy Spirit. And in Jesus name we ask that You break those strongholds of fear that keep us from experiencing the peace and joy that You desire for us. Amen.