Upward Look: Godly sorrow worketh repentence

By Mae Stallard

January 23, 2014

“For Godly sorrow worketh repentence to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

The apostle Paul was concerned about the fact that false teachers had stirred up the people in the church against him. He sent Titus to Corinth to deal with the problem, and he rejoiced that when Titus returned, he had good news. The majority of the believers were sorry that they had doubted Paul, and this led to them repenting of their thoughts against him. He reminded them that Godly sorry brings repentence that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. Worldly sorrow brings death.

Is this not what happens in our own lives? We come to the place where we are made aware of our sinful condition, and we are sorry for our sin. When we repent, we ask God to forgive us. Because He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence, (2 Peter 3:9) he saves us from our sin. As believers, we do not regret our decision to follow the Lord.

What a difference this important decision makes in our lives. We become new persons, putting off the old man and putting on the new man, “which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24) Because the Lord dwells in our hearts, we strive to be the Christlike person that he calls us to be.

That is not to say that we will never sin. It is a constant battle because the devil is at work in the world, and we are continually tempted to sin against a kind and loving heavenly Father. May we cling to the promise of Jesus who said, “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4) May we depend on Him to be there for us.


Godly sorrow brings repentence,

And that leads to salvation,

Available to all men,

Those of every nation.

And when we ask forgiveness,

The Lord forgives us of sin,

And we are enabled to fight the devil,

Because Christ dwells within.


Dear Father, We praise you and thank you for the forgiveness that is ours when we repent of our sins and invite your Son to come into our hearts. In His holy name we pray. A-men.