“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)
Have you ever experienced such sorrow? Godly sorrow is not sorrow for being caught or even disappointment at yourself for having sinned. It’s the result of deep conviction in the heart produced by the Holy Spirit. In John 16:8 Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes “He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin.” It is the kind of guilt that comes from “Godly sorrow” and brings “repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret!” This is how it is possible to live a life of no regrets! How amazing is that? To be sure, there is another type of sorrow called “worldly sorrow” that brings death. It’s the kind of sorrow that simply feels remorse for having been exposed by my sin and leaves a world of regret.
When King David felt such Godly sorrow over his sin, he cried, “Against You, and You alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in Your sight. You will be proved right in what You say, and Your judgment against me is just.” Psalm 51:4 (NLT) When the Holy Spirit brings that kind of conviction to our conscience, it is not our relationship with others that bothers us so much as our relationship with God. Out of such sorrow we repent. We turn from our sin to a loving Savior who made atonement for our sin on the cross and we discover the cost of our forgiveness. That kind of repentance is a gift from God.