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Repentance and Sorrow
2 Corinthians 7:9-10


It is possible to have a situation in which two people both have sorrow over sin, but one turns to God in repentance, and the other doesn't. Why the difference in response? It is because the one has godly sorrow and the other has worldly sorrow.

Here is the difference between the two:

  1. GODLY SORROW: This is the kind of sorrow that God desires in us - a sorrow which leaves no negative side effects (it does not leave permanent damage) - 1 Corinthians 7:9. This sorrow brings repentance and leads to salvation - 2 Corinthians 7:9-10. [It can also accomplish many other good things - see verse 11+.]
  2. WORLDLY SORROW: This kind of sorrow brings death - 2 Corinthians 7:10. [This verse focuses only on the end result that it leads to (death) and not on the other negative effects that may come beforehand.]

Dennis Hinks © 2001

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