2 Corinthians 7:9
9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.
I have sinned against a Holy and Righteous God all of my life. I am a sinner.
The sorrow I had for my sins led me to repentance. The sorrow I had was not the sorrow of this world, but a Godly sorrow. The sorrow I had for my sins brought repentance that led to my salvation. It brought me to my knees and to the cross.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 7:10
10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.The sorrow of the world is not true repentance but is merely remorse. It is self-centered regret for what the consequences it brought us from sinning. Worldly sorrow is not repentance to God for our actions, but a regret for what our actions bring to us in the form of discomfort and pain. Worldly sorrow produces bitterness, hardness, despair, and eventually....death.
32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
But Godly sorrow grieves the man to his very depth. He realizes God is speaking to him, and so he takes sides with God against himself and against his sin. God has taught me to take sides against myself.....against my sin. Because of His love He forgives my sin. He gives me everything......including Godly sorrow so I could repent.
7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Repentance is more than sorrow for our sins.
It’s meaning is more than asking forgiveness. It is the act of turning away from our will and turning to God’s will. It is the turning from one’s own ways and turning to God’s ways. It means leaving the path one is on and returning to the right path. Repentance leads to everlasting life.
15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of
Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved;
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness
24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and
believes him who sent me has eternal life and
will not be judged but has crossed over from death
10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from
their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us,
therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.