Worldly sorrow or godly sorrow?

If you’ve lived long enough, you’ve had unpleasant interpersonal experiences—either as instigator, victim or bystander. In 2 Corinthians 7:10, the apostle contrasts godly grief which leads to repentance, and worldly grief which leads to death. What indicators can you look for to determine which is which?

Remorse Repentance
Short-lived Long-term
Involves emotions Involves emotions and will
Distressed by the consequences Distraught by their actions
Makes vague resolutions Makes specific restitution
Wants public attention Humbly accepts obscurity
Desires immediate return to positions of ministry/authority Recognises the need to rebuild trust over time
Makes external displays of contrition Displays internal development and change
Finds fault in how he/she is treated in the process of discipline Exhibits submission to the humbling process of discipline
Hesitates to follow counsel in relation to reconciliation/restitution Initiates action toward restoring broken relationships and making restitution

From a slightly longer post on Counseling One Another.

See also When “I’m sorry, I messed up” isn’t enough.

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