2 Corinthians 7:9-11 KJVS
9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Godly sorrow is an attribute of the Holy Spirit... that, in this case, activates at repentance… It’s a sorrow that is solely sourced from the fact that you have sinned against God. There is nothing else associated with it. By this, I mean that it is not associated with regret that stems from any consequence that arises from your sin, but it is an emotion that arises because of the sin itself. It comes forth when one realizes that they have sinned against God, and that their fellowship with Him is now broken.
Godly sorrow is an emotion with many branches; they are listed below.
Carefulness: You are careful to ensure that you have satisfied all righteousness in the situation. You thoroughly examine yourself to ensure that there is no trace of that darkness in you. You allow the word of God to search your heart and to fill it with truth. Carefulness brings an assurance that when one continues, they are spot-free.
Clearing of yourself: This is also paramount to fulfilling all righteousness. Clearing yourself refers to going to the individuals that your sin affected and repenting before them. It causes you to recognize that your sin was not to God alone but also to others as well. This causes you to go to these individuals and apologize for not being a true representative of Christ.
Indignation: A righteous anger at the fact that you fell. This anger does not lead to any sort of self-venom or depression but to holiness. The anger is turned into inspiration to be a beacon for God from henceforth.
Fear: A God-given recognition of the power and wrath of God, both of which can come upon you as a result of your sin. A knowledge that God can discard you and cast you into hell, and that you are on His wrong side. This fear encourages the heart to turn away from sin, and to God. This fear also causes you not to be deceptive with your own dealings with yourself. It causes you to tell yourself the truth, and purge out any bit of darkness or private agenda lest you die.
Vehement Desire: A God-given passion to please God, a gratefulness for another chance. It causes you to make the most out of this opportunity God has given you to restore yourself. This desire causes the failure you are repenting about to become wisdom for future temptations and for ministry.
Zeal: God-given passion that motivates the heart to move unto good works. This arises from the feeling that you wasted the time that you could have used to glorify God, in sin. This zeal speaks in the heart “I will never be found here again”.
Revenge: This is an attitude of the heart that causes the individual to desire to go deeper in God than he/she ever has. It causes you to want to do so much for God that it will vastly outweigh your fall. It will leave no trace that you ever fell. Where sin once abounded, grace does now much more abound in you.
If these are not present, godly sorrow is not present, and godly sorrow one can never truly repent (turn) from their sins. Hence the scripture says…
2 Timothy 2:25
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
The scripture above is powerful in that it not only allows us to understand that repentance is a gift but also how to receive it from God.
ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH.
Tell yourself the truth. Do not be deceptive with your dealing with yourself. Remove every hidden thing of dishonesty, and move to fear. Do not lessen the evil in your sin. Do not make it less terrible than it actually is. It is God’s desire to give godly sorrow, but you must allow Him to. Ask God for grace and mercy. If you do not respond to God, you will become numb to Him, and will no longer be able to recognize that you are not in fellowship with Him. This is called strong delusion.
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