What is the difference between “godly sorrow” and “worldly sorrow?”

God doesn’t save a man just because man’s sorry for his wrongdoing. God saves men because they trust in the work of Christ “alone” for personal forgiveness from their sins.

The sorrow of a natural man’s heart only worketh death. The sorrow in a man’s heart that’s prompted by the Spirit of God will lead man to Salvation.

What does death mean? Death is separation from God. Death is separation from God’s power that changes the moral makeup of man. A natural man repeats the same act of sin over and over and over again. Why? He’s controlled by a sinful nature. Each time the natural man says he’s sorry…he’s not truly sorry from the heart because it’s not prompted by God because of Christ?

Man’s fallen nature proves that man is a rebel against God. The human will is controlled by the sinful nature. In relation to Godly sorrow…”Godly sorrow is the work of the Spirit of God that sways the will of fallen man”. Godly sorrow leads man to Salvation of the human soul. Why? It’s the work of God that “breaks” the will of a natural man and shows this individual what he really is. The Spirit of God “convicts” the conscience of a natural man. The Spirit of God “breaks” the will of a fallen man. How? The Holy Spirit shows man what he really is in light of a Savior on the Cross…in light of a resurrected Christ…in light of the holiness and purity of the God of our Salvation.

When man is truly and godly sorrowful for the acts of sin he committed against God…he will turn to Christ and never go back to the sin he repented of. Why? His mind is changed! He realizes his helplessness. He realizes his hopelessness. He realizes he has no strength without Christ…and by the way…the Grace of God also delivers the penitent sinner from “the guilt of sin”.

Only the Grace of God can remove guilt from the human conscience.

Worldly sorrow does not break the will of man…”Godly sorrow does!” Godly sorrow is the affect of the power of the Holy Spirit that “sways” the will of a rebel against God…just enough…to cause this person to believe! Godly sorrow causes rebels to turn away from sin and turn to Christ! Godly sorrow leads men to repentance! Godly sorrow is the affect of the work of God upon the human soul…worldly sorrow that bringeth forth death is a vicious cycle that repeats the same sinful action over, over, and over again.

2 Cor 7:9-11… Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

Notice the attitude of the penitent (a man of Godly sorrow) in the following part of the verse…

For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, (this man cared about his actions) yea, what clearing of yourselves (this man cleared himself from sinful conduct), yea, what indignation (this man hated the old life), yea, what fear (this man had great reverence toward God), yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge (this man had revenge against the old life of sin)! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

The work of the Holy Spirit is not be limited. The work of the Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin. The work of the Holy Spirit leads men to repentance and godly sorrow. The work of the Holy Spirit gives the believer in Christ…a desire to “stop” practicing sin.

Grieve not the Holy Spirit!
Quench not the Holy Spirit!

I like what Paul says in the Corinthian letter about Christ…

1 Cor 15:1-4…Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Note how he says, “Keep Christ in memory”. Why? When Christ is kept in memory…you will never grieve or quench the Spirit! Lose memory of Christ and the world will consume you!

Special thanks to Mike and Chuck who prompted this study…and most of all special thanks to Christ who compels this writer to publish this Blog! I’ll close with the following Bible verse…

1 Cor 6:20…For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

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About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began after a personal walk with the Lord began in 1987. The personal walk with the Lord turned into extensive Bible studies which later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish at several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at sermon.net/holy, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room (Hubert Lindsey/ Rick Roehm MP3’s) Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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One Response to What is the difference between “godly sorrow” and “worldly sorrow?”

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Godly sorrow means turning a life to Christ by the mercy and grace of God.No more dependence on self but on Christ for empowerment not to sin.

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