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Godly Sorrow versus Worldly Sorrow

Tue, Apr. 19, 2016 Posted: 08:59 AM


For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

An example of Godly sorrow - Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62

And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times". So he went out, and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:75; Mark 14:72 Peter remembered; he called to mind what Jesus had said. He thought on Jesus' words and he cried profusely.

Peter recognized he had sinned against God. He was sorry for his sin - for his denial of the Lord Jesus - and he wept in repentance. The next time we heard about Peter? He is running to the sepulcher to investigate for himself - the empty tomb. Note in Mark 16:7 the angel said to the women, "But go, tell his disciples and Peter ..." Peter is restored in his relationship with the Lord Jesus.

I am sure Peter was there observing the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. Peter went back and joined the other disciples. Most likely he told them or some of them his story - how he denied the Lord. Peter repented to God. He had godly sorrow.

An example of the sorrow of the world - Matthew 27:1-5

Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that he (Jesus) had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, I have sinned by betraying innocent blood. .... Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. Matthew 27:3-5

Judas repented that he had delivered up Jesus to the chief priests. He returned the thirty pieces of silver, saying, "I have sinned...." Judas recognized that he had sinned, yet he went and hanged himself.

Judas, in rage, threw down the pieces of silver in the temple . He was angry. He knew the Lord Jesus could have walked away from the high priests and the crowds. Judas was there - he saw the miracles Jesus performed. Most likely that was the outcome he imagined. Jesus would have walked away and he Judas would be rich. He could have been angry that Jesus did not walked away. Judas was angry. He was not repentant towards God.

Judas felt sorry that he betrayed Jesus. He felt sorry for the outcome of his betrayal. The betrayal did not go according to his plan. He told the chief priests that he had sinned. Judas was angry with himself, so he punished himself by committing suicide. Worldly sorrow makes one angry. Worldly sorrow produces misguided anger at one's self or at someone else. The sorrow of the world produces death.

Judas confessed to the chief priests. Peter said not a word. He did not try to find the disciples to tell them what happened. He did not try to go physically to Jesus to explain his denials. Peter just cried. Peter's repentance was seen in his crying. He had a repentant heart.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, These O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17

Choose godly sorrow.

June Samuel