As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.
—2 Corinthians 7:9-11
by: Sheri Rood.
How many times have you heard a parent say, “Tell your brother/sister you’re sorry?” The child may say the words, but are they really sorry? It is unlikely. Saying you are sorry and being sorry are two different things. Godly sorrow is taking ownership of our sins, confessing them, laying them down, and running hard away from them and back to Jesus, who already paid the price for them. Just as a sibling must stop their hurtful behavior, so must we stop our behavior that is hurtful to God. Once we have done that, we can lay down our sorrow as well and rejoice, even as Paul rejoiced over the Corinthians.