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

I must have read that scripture 10 times before I finally saw it – what God was trying to tell me. I kept focusing on “sorrow brings repentance” But that’s not it. God wanted to show me that there are two types of sorrow …Godly and worldly.

I never really gave much thought to whether there was even a difference but there it is in 2 Corinthians 7:10 plain as day. So what’s the difference you might ask? Well, I guess the easiest way to define the difference is the obvious: Worldly sorrow would be focused on you and now while Godly sorrow applies to the kingdom. Sounds complicated so let me see if I can explain.

There was a woman who was a drunk. One day, she met a Person that completely changed her life by meeting her needs and loving her exactly as she was. She’s changed and feels sorrow at the wasted years. As time goes by, she grows in maturity and realizes how her story can help lead others (like her) to salvation. Her pain had a purpose. God uses everything…including our sorrow and tears…to shape and fashion us so that we can bring others to the knowledge that there is only Life in Jesus.

The world gives quick-fix answers that satisfy your cravings now. It’s more self-pity and “when will I feel better”. Definitely not kingdom thinking. So today – you have a choice: will you choose to let your pain (sorrow) have a purpose?


Kelly McGaha

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