2 Corinthians 7:11 (KJV)
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.
There is a kind of sorrow that is of little use and is in many ways destructive. It is:
- A sorrow after a worldly sort
- A sorrow for getting caught and
- A sorrow over the consequences
Those with this sorrow have no intention of changing but of making better sure they don’t get caught again. These who sorrow after this sort hate the source of their sorrow and will blame that source rather than their actions.
There is another type of sorrow, which is after a godly sort. Albert Barnes says of it,
“…such sorrow as has respect to God, or is according to his will, or as leads the soul to him. This is a very important expression in regard to true repentance, and shows the exact nature of that sorrow which is connected with a return to God.”
Those who sorrow after a godly sort:
- Benefit from the sorrow, are
- Thankful for that sorrow and
- Appreciate the source of such sorrow
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2 Corinthians 7:11 The Benefits of Sorrow
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