2 Corinthians 7:10-12
For sadness as intended by God produces a repentance that leads to salvation, leaving no regret, but worldly sadness brings about death. For see what this very thing, this sadness as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, what punishment! In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. So then, even though I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did wrong, or on account of the one who was wronged, but to reveal to you your eagerness on our behalf before God.
You can tell what kind of sorrow you are experiencing by looking at the fruit produced because of it. Sorrow that produces death deceives us. It captures us in confusion and doubt about ourselves, about God, about everything. Anxiety and fear often accompany worldly sorrow, and the result is a spiritual paralysis that corrupts all areas of our life. Godly sorrow, on the other hand, brings conviction and leads us to repentance. This type of sorrow is a tool the Holy Spirit uses to confront us about sin and enact change in our hearts and minds. Keep careful watch over the sorrow that you experience, and let God lead you down the path that brings life.
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