Two kinds of sorrow (2 Cor 7:10)
Does Godly Sorrow still exist?
I am desperately in love with repentance; it seems to me to be the twin-sister to faith. I do not myself understand much about dry-eyed faith; I know that I came to Christ by the way of Weeping-cross. I did not come to shelter beneath his blood immediately I heard of it, as I now wish that I had done; but when I did come to Calvary, by faith, it was with great weeping and supplication, confessing my transgressions, and desiring to find salvation in Jesus, and in Jesus only.
Wrong Ideas About Godly Sorrow
1. Sorrow for sin does not equate to repentance
There is no repentance in the moth, though there is pain; and so, there is no repentance in some men, though there is in them a measure of sorrow on account of their sin
2. Some think that they have to become totally miserable in order to be truly repentant
Yes, that is the kind of notion some people have,—that there is a certain amount of alarm, distress, apprehension, and fear which a man has to feel before he is up to the mark in this respect; but there is nothing at all in the Word of God to support that idea.
A Christian ought to be a happy man. He is not true to his colours,—he is not true to his Master,—he is not true to himself,—unless he is a happy man.
It does not spoil your happiness, my brother or sister, to confess your sin; the unhappiness is in not making the confession. If you are a child, and you have done something wrong towards your father, you are unhappy as long as you try to conceal it.
Godly Sorrow - Life / Worldly Sorrow - Death
A repentance, that does not repent at the cross, is a repentance which will have to be repented of; but true sorrow for sin must be blended with a childlike submission to God, and consequent confidence in Christ; otherwise, it is not “godly sorrow.”
That is a blessed sorrow which leads us to such a change of mind that the bonds of sin are snapped, and we become free men in Christ Jesus, saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation from the bondage and the power of sin and Satan.