Two Kinds Of Sorrow

2 Corinthians 7:9-10: “Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner, that you might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.”

Godly sorrow produces repentance: Sorrow after a Godly manner is a true sorrow and will result in one turning from that which causes the sorrow to live and behave in a different manner. It is a matter of turning from the flesh and turning to the Spirit (God).

Worldly sorrow works death: Sorrow after a worldly manner produces no change in ones life. They still follow the flesh and do those things that they desire to do. They continue to do that which is wrong and not that which is right. They walk the path of self-destruction. They will continue to suffer the consequences of their life and behavior and it becomes a vicious cycle.

As a school teacher I posted in my classroom this saying, “Sorrow without changed behavior is not sorrow at all, but only words”. Every time a student was misbehaving and told me that they were sorry I quote this saying to them. Then I taught them that if their behavior did not change, then they were not sorry at all. By the end of the year I had repeated it so many times that many of the students had memorized it.

Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation: Sorrowing in a Godly manner produces repentance (a change) in our lives and results in our salvation from the vicious cycle that occurs without true repentance. Let us sorrow in a godly manner and stop the cycle in our lives.