Fear of God Devotional: What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow?

How do we understand repentance wrongly?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a difference between true and wrong repentance. When people are caught in an act of sin and discover themselves in sin, there is a sense of shame and guilt. In fact, everyone feels bad when they get caught in doing something that is wicked. However, some people confuse that sense of shame or guilt with true repentance.

Paul contrasts “worldly sorrow” with “godly sorrow.” Worldly sorrow stops at tears and a feeling of guilt. Godly sorrow is something that is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit that moves the believer into a genuine sense of changing their mind. They understand their guilt and they realize that they’ve sinned against a holy God. The believer has a desire to walk in what is right and leave behind what is sinful.

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.”