Godly Sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:10: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Family Bible Notes:

Godly sorrow; such as God requires; grieves for sin because it dishonors God. Repentance to salvation; that sorrow for sin which leads a man to forsake it, and look to Christ for salvation. Not to be repented of; a change that will never be regretted or renounced. Sorrow of the world; that which is supremely selfish, and grieves principally because of the evil which sin occasions to the transgressor worketh death; tends to undermine health, shorten life, and hurry men to the second death.

Mark 2:17: When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

2 Timothy 2:24-25: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

God is involved in Godly sorrow. He calls us to it and gives us repentance through it. He is not involved in the sorrow of the world. It does not lead to repentance or salvation. Without sorrow over sin, we would die in our sins and die the second death. Without it we would never come to Christ. And without it Christians would live spiritually useless sin-riddled lives.

Paul experienced it even after he had been saved. Peter experienced it at least twice and I believe many times. I have experienced it many times. I trust that you have. Only by the path of Godly sorrow do we come to God*s forgiveness and the complete joy of knowing Him and enjoying His mercy and forgiveness.

Romans 7:24-25: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus* knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Matthew 26:75: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Isaiah 6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Psalms 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Is the Lord nigh unto you? Has He ever been? Is He there once in a while? Is He there often? Is He always there? Do you understand God*s purpose for Godly sorrow, for broken hearts and contrite spirits? Without those things we would be without God. Do you have or have you ever had a broken heart and a contrite spirit? If not, ask the Lord to break your heart over your sin.

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