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What Is Godly Sorrow

In 2 Corinthians 7:10 Paul wrote about Godly and worldly sorrow, what's the difference?

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Gordon hit it right on! Godly sorrow is when you are truly sorry for what you have done wrong and you confess it to God and ask His forgiveness (and forgiveness of others if appropriate) - worldly sorrow is when you are sorry you got caught and only say you are sorry so you can avoid the consequences of what you have done! Good going Gordon!
---Teresa_Salazar on 1/8/11

At least part of it is this: Worldly sorrow is when you are sorry or regret the negative consequences of your sin. You regret the ensuing troubles and pain. Or, you regret that you "got caught" doing wrong. Godly Sorrow is when you are truly sorry for your sin because it grieves GOD and it destroys your soul. This is, at least, part of it.
---Gordon on 1/7/11

Dear Christians: earnestly contend and protest for the maintenance of the faith. Saint Iude certainly did (no question) strongly contend and protest for the maintenance of the Christian faith.

Iude 1:3, Beloued, when I gaue all diligence to write vnto you of the commen saluation, it was nedeful for me to write vnto you to exhorte you, that ye shulde earnestly contende for the maintenance of the faith, which was once giuen vnto the Saintes.

And if there's still any doubt about Protestants existing in the early days, Saint Gildas is a proof. Saint Gildas protested strongly for the maintenance of the faith. Saint Gildas (who was a faithful witness) sorrowed, because of the stubborn British people back these days.
---Kev on 12/9/10

Godly sorrow is what you suffer and endure by obeying and strictly following God's instructions, it can come in many forms {rejection, hardships, mockery, jestings, attacks etc}, easy example is the travails of Prophet Jeremiah but every true Pastor/Evangelist/teacher/believer suffers somethings[from the world around them] for following Christ Jesus Jn.16:33.
---Adetunji on 11/9/10

A worldly sorrow is GUILT.

They do not know God and his love for them but they instinctively know the law. It is written in their conscience. The guilt cannot be removed without faith in Jesus Christ so it just stacks up within a man until he begins to show signs of depression and anxiety. When those become too much to bear he takes his own life

A Godly sorrow is heartache

These people have placed their faith in Christ and KNOW of Gods love for them. When they sin it hurts inside and they are ashamed to have sinned against the Lord of creation who bought them with His own blood. These people humble themselves before the Lord daily and ask for forgiveness and a renewed strength to carry on. They endure to the end
---JackB on 11/7/10

"Paul wrote about Godly and worldly sorrow, what's the difference?"
Godly sorrow produces repentance, a sincere change or redirection of mind, focus, and actions, based on a revealed or recognized offense towards "God" or man, motivated by love.
Worldly sorrow simply produces regret for being caught in an offense, usually motivated by fear of personal loss or retribution. Or, as pointed out by Donna, sorrow for the lost of a loved one or cherished possession, and as noted by Bill, usually bring about a loss of joy, peace or focus, resulting in apathy and/or depression.
---Josef on 11/7/10

There are times when worldly sorrow is appropriate. You sorrow when you suffer a loss of something or someone important to you.
(This actually helps you get on with a
different way of life).
You sorrow when someone is hurt and you want to make amends. Most commonly you have pity for yourself in life's difficulties.

But GODLY Sorrow is the pain of realizing that you have damaged your relationship with God...and that the damage is ALL YOUR FAULT! God has been faithful to you, but You have (not matter how briefly) turned your back on Him. This is the sorrow that produces repentance.
---Donna66 on 11/5/10

Your Love for God brings about Godly sorrow.
Love for God causes one to be repentant of sin, or a feeling of deep regret(Sorrow) for sinning against God.

How does Love, bring repentance?
It is very difficult to hurt those you love, and disobedience(sin) hurts God.
This is how love brings you into an obedient relationship with God and causes you to "Walk in the way of the Lord."

Just as one's love for God causes them to walk in the way of the Lord,
One's love of the world, will cause them to walk in the way of the world, which is disobedience to God, and brings death.

---David on 11/5/10

\\Depression, in my case, has been a form of selfish sorrow about not getting my own way.
---Bill on 11/4/10\\

Someone once defined depression as rage turned inward.

It may have been in your case, it's not for me to say.

But there are other causes of depression, too.
---Cluny on 11/4/10

Ok . . . 2 Corinthians 7:10 does say, "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted,

but the sorrow of the world produces death."

So, sorrow that is godly brings us to salvation and not regretting that we have trusted in Jesus. Repentance has us changing from how we can sin, to becoming how God's love makes us beautifully satisfied in submitting to Him in His love's "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 4:3) This we do not regret.

But worldly sorrow brings death of joy, death of love, even suicide. Depression, in my case, has been a form of selfish sorrow about not getting my own way.
---Bill on 11/4/10

\\and I am so glad that there is a hell. \\

Why? Because you get a nice warm superior feeling that you are not going there?

If your heart were right with God, you'd WEEP for the fate of the lost--THIS is Godly sorrow.

\\Just like Jesus, he was murdered.\\

Wrong again. Jesus Himself said, "No man takes My life. I give it."

Why do you say things that go directly against the words of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ?

\\Paul was also, A great financial genius of the early church. \\

Where did you get that idea?
---Cluny on 11/3/10

Paul was a great man of God, and I am so glad that there is a hell. Just like Jesus, he was murdered. Paul was a great theologian and missionary, But, what you may not know is that Paul was also, A great financial genius of the early church. Man, we could use some people like Paul in today's world. We have had enough of the other, now. Come on....The answer to your question is: Worldly sorrow is, oops I got caught. godly sorrow, we know Our heavenly Father LIVES, and we must live before Him.. THAT WAS A GOOD QUESTION. We see people coming on TV, saying how are sorry that they are. Crying and weeping. They got caught. Ha, haaaaaaaa. Hallelujah++
---catherine on 11/2/10

Worldly sorrow is when you are sorry you got caught, but not for what you did, and then you do it again. Godly sorrow is when you are sorry for what you did, and never do it again.
---Leslie on 11/2/10

Worldly sorrow is crying eyes.

Godly sorrow is a weeping heart.
---mima on 11/2/10

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