Fear of God Devotional: Distinctions Between True and False Repentance



What is the distinction between worldly and true repentance?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that one of the differences between true and false repentance is that those who truly repent sorrow for the sin itself while those who falsely repent only display sorrow for the consequences that stem from sin. 

While true Christians are certainly sorrowful for the consequences of their sin, that sorrow serves a motivation for genuine repentance. If someone’s sorrow for sin never goes beyond a simple fear of its consequences and does not include a hatred of sin itself, that repentance is not genuine.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) – “ For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 

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