Repentance

2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

1.What two kinds of sorrow are described here?

2.What is godly sorrow? What does it lead to? Should we seek to apologize for it?

3.What is the sorrow of the world , what does it lead to?

Godly sorrow is when we truly realize we have sinned against a holy God and other people as well. We see our transgressions as God sees them and do not want to return to them again. We should never apologize for this, or seek to repent of it as this verse says. We should realize this is the true godly repentance that the Father is seeking from all of us.

The other kind of sorrow is one that does not include God,and is not sorry for the reasons listed above.This sorrow comes from simply being caught in our transgressions, or from seeing the results of our actions, but there is no remorse or fear of God involved.

The first kind of sorrow, the godly kind, fears God, and is sensitive to His holiness and our own sin. This sorrow will lead to repentance and salvation. This is why this sorrow is most precious in the eyes of God,He knows it is exactly what we need. It is to be most coveted in your search for God,it will bring you directly to His throne, you will find grace and forgiveness there. Seek this kind of sorrow in your life, and you will come to salvation quickly, through the shed blood of Jesus.

The worldly sorrow will soon be forgotten when all danger is past, and will have no life changing effects. That is why the scripture says it will lead to death. It can bear no heavenly fruit, it is from the earth and will return to the earth.

Ask God to make you sensitive to Him and His holiness, and to give you the right kind of sorrow that will lead to your salvation, He will do it!!!

Let's look at some interesting examples in the bible of these different kinds of sorrow , from some interesting characters...

Counterfeits to Repentance

**Simon the Sorcerer Acts 8:9-25 {a fine example of repentance}

**Ahab 1 Kings 21:27 {heart unchanged}

**Judas Iscariot Matthew 27:3-10{ example of worldly sorrow}

**Felix the Governor Acts 24:24-26 { procrastination, today is the day}

**King Agrippa Acts: 26;19-32 {almost persuaded, not enough}

**Cities that saw mighty works, Matthew 11;20-24 {no repentance came;}

Repentance is always the inward change of the heart, leading to a transformed life. It is never the outward conformity to the will of God, or self righteous appeasement. We inwardly change thru godly sorrow, the word of God and fear of God, enough that we turn away from our sins, and let God continue to work with us.