The Character and Benefits of Godly Sorrow - Part 1
For the purposes of this writing, 'sorrow' is defined as regret for sin, regret for offenses and regret for misdeeds with the intent not to repeat the activity or action. 2 Corinthians 7:8-13 illustrates the distinct differences between godly sorrow and sorrow that has no godly basis.
The attributes and character of godly sorrow are so precisely defined and described that they are easily and irrefutably recognized when we see them in operation.
The benefits of godly sorrow positively affect individuals in mind, body and spirit. The benefits also impact the group - which may be family, community, neighborhood, church congregation, employees, etc. - as well as persons directly involved.
2 Corinthians 7:8 AMP - For even though I did grieve you with my letter, I do not regret it, though I did regret it; for I see that that letter did pain you, though only for a little while.
Maturity and experience know that wrong doing must be addressed. Just as it pains a good parent to discipline a child, so it is with this. Painful though it may be, the parent does it, knowing it will do the child good.
Godly sorrow has a season, a set time to function, teach and inspire and then it is finished. It does not linger indefinitely. Sorrow that won't let go is destructive, binding, suffocating, restrictive and is not of God. At the end of godly sorrow is consolation and life. At the end of sorrow that is not of God is depression and death. Ungodly sorrow drags people under and won't let them up. It won't let them breathe or allow them to recover and heal. It keeps them in an unrelenting state of unrest. There is no peace and no forgiveness.
The sorrow that God allows serves a purpose and the purpose is not to beat people over the head and make them feel ashamed or defeated. The God kind of sorrow permits a healthy reflection of deeds and thoughts, an accurate assessment of dangerous, immoral and inappropriate motives, ideas and actions. It permits and encourages a review of what went wrong, when it went wrong, why it went wrong and what has to change.
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