godly sorrow vs. worldly sorrow

2 Corinthians 7


For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

There's two different kinds of sadness, the sadness of the world, which just brings about some kind of death, and godly sadness, which brings about repentance. Being sad in a God-like way is worthwhile, because it leads to being saved in some way, a way that we won't regret.

We should be willing to go through the sadness that's necessary to be like the Lord. Maybe it means we have to give up some sinful pleasures. Maybe it means we have to confess some shameful sin that we'd rather not admit. It's going to be well worth it.

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, [what] clearing of yourselves, yea, [what] indignation, yea, [what] fear, yea, [what] vehement desire, yea, [what] zeal, yea, [what] revenge! In all [things] ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
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