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

What is the distinction between worldly and godly sorrow?

Mike Davenport explains in this video that there is a significant difference between worldly and godly sorrow. Worldly sorrow is a sorrow that may lead to repentance, but it is primarily concerned with self and how others think of them. In other words, the focus is horizontal – the offender is concerned with our their sin impacts themselves or others but does not consider what God thinks of their sin. 

In contrast, godly sorrow is vertical-focused. It asks how we have offended God. We realize that our sin doesn’t just affect ourselves or others, but that when we sin, we also sin against God. 

Psalm 51:4 (NKJV) – “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight—that You may be found just when You speak,[a] and blameless when You judge.”