by Johnathan Arnold

Since 1984, January 22 has been recognized as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Many churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday on the third Sunday in January to help raise awareness about the horrors of abortion and champion for the rights of God’s unborn image-bearers.

This is the perfect time to meditate on several precious Bible verses that affirm the sanctity of human life. Consider memorizing them or highlight them in your Bible as a reference. When talking to your pro-choice friends, these powerful verses may be a key element in convincing them to reconsider their destructive view.

Human Life Has Intrinsic Value

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:4-5)

Life Begins at Conception

“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.” (Psalm 139:13-16, ESV)

“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Psalm 51:5)

“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

See also Isaiah 49:1, Luke 1:39-44.

The Unborn Deserve Justice

“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…” (Exodus 21:22-24, ESV)

We Are Responsible

“Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.” (Proverbs 31:8, ESV)