Godly Sorrow vs. Worldly Sorrow

Question:

Can somebody please give me a better understanding of 2 Corinthians 7:20?
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regrets, but worldly sorrow brings death."

My Reply:
Actually, that's verse 10...
First of all, remember that when reading the Epistles, these are letters, and so every chapter is connected with the rest of the chapters in that letter.

In this passage, Paul is talking about their effects by one of his previous letters (probably 1 Corinthians). They were stricken at first with sorrow and sadness because of what he'd written to them (if you read it, you may understand why). At first, he regretted saying such things in it because of how they responded to it, but he soon changed his mind because their sorrow actually made them stronger in their faith, even bringing them to repentance. This is an example of "Godly sorrow", for since it brought them to repentance, it set them right with God...put them back straight on the right path with God. The no regrets part is that if they hadn't been shown their sin, they'd still be messed up. So praise the Lord for showing them (through Paul's letter and by means of conviction by the Holy Spirit) their sin.

Worldly sorrow, on the other hand, doesn't build up...it only tears down, and such eventually leads to death.

---Pastor Andy 


Later comment by asker: That’s true. God will reveal your sins to turn away from, as did JOB, and that certainly leads to repentance.  Thanks!
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