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Two kinds of sorrow (2 Cor 7:10)

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A brief study of 2 Cor 7:10, follow the thoughts of Charles Spurgeon

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2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Does Godly Sorrow still exist?

It is great to be able to believe the simple Gospel message — we must have it
But it is also vital that people understand the importance of repentance

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
It “brings” (worketh) repentance
Lots of people feel sorrow for their sins but do not repent
Some feel guilty, convicted for a while…but nothing changes
Some feel sorry for their sins because of the consequences
Here in this life
Eternal consequences
Afraid of Hell — if they could be convinced there were no hell, they probably wouldn’t feel any sorrow for their sin
I wonder why so many people tend to jump on the bandwagon of atheism or agnosticism

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

Sorrow for sin does not automatically lead to repentance
Repentance: “A change of mind” but much more than that — an entire change of mind, a turning of the mind completely around, so that it hates what it once loved and loves what it once hated.
This kind of repentance does not happen unless there is first Godly sorrow
You can’t say “I repent” honestly without being sorry for the sin
2. Some think that they have to become totally miserable in order to be truly repentant
Not true

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.

* It is Jesus’ wounds, griefs, His blood that saves us — no our wounds, griefs, and tears
It is Jesus’ wounds, griefs, His blood that saves us — no our wounds, griefs, and tears
But keep things in balance
We should never become numb or callous to where the Lord brought us from
We should feel great sorrow for our sinful thoughts or actions
The longer we serve Christ, the more sensitive to these things we should become

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.”

Repentance…that does something!! It leads to salvation
Saved from the power of sin, the tendency to sin, and saved from the punishment of sin

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.

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