Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.-2 Corinthians 7:10
What is Paul talking about here when he says Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow? Paul goes on to say in the next verse, “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.” (2 Corinthians 7:11 NIV). This is a list of things that “Godly sorrow” produces in you. All of these things combined show that you have become a changed person, which is what repentance is all about. To repent of something is not just to say your sorry for doing wrong, but to turn around from doing the wrong/sins that you were doing. This is why “Godly sorrow” will produce all the things that Paul listed in verse 11 and why “worldly sorrow” leads to death. The world says just apologize, because there is no need for you to cease doing wrong and start doing good. That is why “worldly sorrow” will leave you with regrets and “Godly sorrow” will not. Truly repent of your “wicked ways” today and start walking through life God’s way and you will have no regrets.