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The Right Kind of Sorrow

Guilt. We all have felt it. We all have done something we quickly regretted and felt guilty about it but is there a good guilt and a bad guilt? In today’s headlines, we see a lot of remorseful people due to their behaviors becoming publicly exposed. But is it a godly sorrow or a worldly sorrow? The Bible tells us that there is a difference. If you look at 2 Corinthians 7:10, Paul writes the following:

"For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death."

Repentance is the act by which we realize we have offended a Holy and Righteous God so we turn from our sins, begging God for forgiveness and we turn to Him and His ways. Repentance is always focused on our sin’s offensive attack on God and our desire to make that right. That focus is what separates godly sorrow from worldly sorrow. Godly sorrow is guilt over sin, guilt over offending and hurting God. Worldly sorrow is fo…

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