Godly Sorrow

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2 Corinthians 7:10

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.


St. Paul had written some pretty harsh rebukes to the church at Corinth, but here Paul says that they had repented. He was so happy that they had not rebelled against his warnings but had developed “Godly Sorrow.” In this context, it would be like a son not wanting to hurt his father. He said this kind of sorrow leads to repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. Worldly sorrow, on the other hand, which is common among all peoples, ends in death.


When you KNOW your earthly father loves you, there’s a hesitancy to do anything that would hurt him. And if you do, there’s a tremendous amount of sorrow that goes along with one’s action until it is settled. The way it is settled is for that son or daughter to go to their father and repent for their action and then ask his forgiveness. Once this regret has been appeased, everyone feels better, and there’s a new resolve never to let something happen like that again. However, when it comes to the spiritual realm and our relationship with our Heavenly Father, the same must happen. There needs to be an acknowledgment that we have messed up (sinned) and need forgiveness. That is true, “Godly Sorrow.” As a young man, I learned to make this a priority. I can only tell you that it has led to tremendous victory in my life over the years.


Dear Jesus,

I want to stay so close to You that I know Your heart when it comes to decisions I must make. Help me to always make my decisions with a sense of “Godly Sorrow” hanging in the balance should I make the wrong choice. Amen


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