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Godly Sorrow and Repentance
By Pastor John

2 Corinthians 7:8-10
8 Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it-- I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while - 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. 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Have you ever forgotten something that was very important?  I once went to California to attend the Rose Bowl, and left my tickets in Ohio. (After much panic on my part, the Rose Bowl replaced my tickets).

Some years ago, I saw a news report about a seasoned sky diver who forgot his parachute on a jump.
Paul is making the point that there is one thing a person can't afford to forget, repentance.

Paul harshly criticized many things in his first letter to the Corinthians - divisions, idolatry, selfishness and immorality. 

1 Corinthians 5:1-11
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?

5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.

9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people - 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.

There is speculation that there was a second letter (now lost) that was even more harsh. Finally Titus reports back that the Corinthians have truly repented. They turned from their sins.

10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

    Godly = theos   When I got saved, I couldn't stop crying and repenting from my sins.  Repentance is more than being sorry -     it is turning away from sin
    Worldly = cosmos  Worldly sorrow does not save, rather it brings death.

There are people who profess faith in Christ, but have never repented. They are not saved. They don't stay with it for long.

We must repent!

Matthew 4:17
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."

Matthew 11:20
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.

Mark 1:15
15 "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

Luke 13:3
3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.

Acts 2:38
38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

Acts 17:30
30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

Repent = stop the sin.  Seek the forgiveness and help of Jesus Christ.

Jesus can give us victory over temptation and sin.
Hebrews 2:17-18
17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 4:14-16
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15    For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin. 16    Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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