The kind of sorrow God wants makes people change their hearts and lives. This leads to salvation, and you cannot be sorry for that. But the kind of sorrow the world has brings death. II Corinthians 7:10
Sorrow or grieving is feeling bad or shame for something you’ve done. There are two kinds of sorrow. One kind of sorrow comes from the world, from people who don’t know God. Often they will ignore your pain or make it worse. Because you did something wrong, you’re shameful, you’re bad. You get labeled.
Godly sorrow is different. We realize how we dishonored God and hurt people. We feel bad. We grieve, We have sorrow about that. But instead of just feeling bad, we turn to God. We trust He made us clean because of Jesus. We believe God has adopted us. He loves us. He forgives us. He has given us honor and taken away shame. Yes, the sorrow hurts too. But then we have true peace. No need to look back. No regrets for turning to God.
Have you been adopted into God’s family?