Fear of God Devotional: The Difference Between Godly Sorrow and Wordly Sorrow

What is the difference between godly and worldly sorrow?

David Eddy explains in this video that there is a distinct difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Godly sorrow is God-focused while worldly sorrow is focused on one’s self. 

We can see an example of worldly sorrow when Esau lost his blessing. He was sorrowful and he sought to regain his blessing with tears. He was sad, not because he didn’t have a right relationship with his father, his brother, or God, but because he missed out on worldly possessions. In contrast, a person demonstrating godly sorrow is grieved when they sin because there is a breaking of the relationship between God. In short, it is motivated by humility and righteousness. 

Hebrews 12:14-17 (NKJV) – ” Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.”