Godly Sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:6-10  Nevertheless God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation by which he was comforted in you, when he told us of your earnest desire, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced even more.  For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it.  For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry though only for a while.  Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance.  For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 

True repentance doesn’t come until we understand the real weight of our sins and the great sacrifice Christ made to cover those sins.  Only after this understanding can we begin to turn away from our sin.  Not only is repentance turning away from our sin but it’s turning to God for salvation.  Repentance is more than just saying, “I’m sorry.”  It brings desire to change, a desire to turn from sin and turn towards God and His ways. 

Repentance doesn’t just happen at the moment of salvation.  Repentance is an ongoing daily process as we seek to live more and more for Him.  It requires a constant attitude of godly sorrow over where we fail Him and repentance, seeking to allow God to change us to become more and more like Christ every day.  Remember we are not just saved from sin but are saved unto God Himself.


2 thoughts on “Godly Sorrow

  1. richgelina says:

    These are good thoughts, Sandy, and provide a good balance to the things I’ve been discussing on my site against legalism. We are not called to be lazy but to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.” Laziness can lead to antinomianism and laziness can lead to legalism. It’s easy to simply ignore all the rules and live as you please (thereby avoiding that “godly sorrow”). And it also seems to be easy to have a list of rules that you can follow to earn God’s favor and not have to think it through (replacing godly, Holy Spirit-driven sorrow with man made sorrow). Neither one is the way Christians are called to live.

  2. Sandy says:

    I agree. The key, I believe, is to live that Spirit led life in which we lean on Him to help us find the correct balance. I most certainly agree that laziness leads to antinomianism and to legalism. It takes much more effort to listen to and follow the Holy Spirit daily – to seek God and His will – to love Him with our whole heart mind, soul, and strength. Following my desires or follwing a list of rules is way easier but so binding. I agree that Christians are not called to either license or legalism but to freedom in Him – true freedom.

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