Fear of God Devotional: Is Sorrow for Sin and Repentance the Same Thing?

What is the difference between sorrow for sin and repentance?

Michael Beasley explains in this video that there is a difference between mere sorrow and genuine repentance. Worldly sorrow still clings to sin even though there might be grief shown over sin. We can be sorry for what we have done but not truly repent.

Just because you feel sorrowful doesn’t mean that you are repentant over the sin that you have committed. In the book, “Pilgrim’s Progress,” John Bunyan talks about a man locked in an iron cage and how this man discusses his sin and the sorrow he had for his sin. But, this man remained in the cage because he was not genuinely repentant. Sorrow by itself does not mean that a person is repentant for their sin.

Luke 13:3 (NKJV) – “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”