Godly Sorrow - 2 Corinthians 7:10

To reapent simply means to change one’s mind

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

There is a godly type of sorrow and an ungodly type of sorrow. Godly sorrow leads to repentance, Ungodly sorrow, or the sorrow of this world, just kills. Our culture has rejected all "negative" emotions. However, God gave us the capacity for these negative emotions, and there is a proper use of them. Ecclesiastes 7:3 says, "Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better."

We should feel bad about sin. There should be sorrow over our failures. However, this sorrow should lead to repentance, and when forgiveness is received, our sorrow should be cast upon the Lord (Isaiah 53:4).

The Lord's statements to His disciples the night before His crucifixion, caused them sorrow (Matthew 26: 21-22; John 16:6). Christians should only have sorrow until they repent. Once repentance has come, we need to appropriate the forgiveness and cleansing that are already ours through Christ (1John 1:9).

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV) translates this verse as "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret". Our sorrows lead us to a positive change, and this alters our attitude toward the things that caused us sorrow. Negatives become positives through Jesus.

Four of the seven churches of Asia Minor, listed in Revelation 2–3, were commanded to repent. To repent simply means “to change one’s mind,” and disobedient Christians need to repent, not in order to be saved, but in order to restore their close fellowship with God.

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