Godly Sorrow that Leads to Repentance

April 22, 2024

Series: 2 Corinthians

Godly sorrow leading to repentance is the road to spiritual fruit. 2 Corinthians follows a letter Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, calling them to repentance and directly and “harshly” pointing out their sin. Why would Paul have written something that caused the congregation there such pain? We might also ask ourselves a similar question when faced with the prospect of our own repentance: why must we confess and repent of our sins instead of avoiding the unpleasant feelings associated with facing our wrongdoings? 2 Corinthians 1 elucidates this for us. The bitterness of repentance is necessary because it produces gain (vv. 8-9); it leads to gain, growth, and new life rather than mere regret (vs. 10); and it leads to restored relationships, an eagerness to stand against wickedness and sin, awe and reverence for God, longing/zeal for Jesus, and an increase in the practice of spiritual disciplines. Therefore, do not turn away from repentance. Walk through it with the Spirit’s help, and rest in the hope of new life as a result.