Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. 11 See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. 12 So even though I wrote to you, it was neither on account of the one who did the wrong nor on account of the injured party, but rather that before God you could see for yourselves how devoted to us you are. —2 Corinthians 7:10-12.
Paul underlines that truly godly sorrow leads to life-changing repentance, in contrast to worldly sorrow—perhaps he has mere emotional remorse and self-pity in mind here—which leads to spiritual death. Paul’s faithful dealing with the open sin shows his care for the church. [The Bible Panorama.]