“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation.” 2 Corinthians 7:10Conviction of sin is best portrayed in the words“My sins, my sins, my Saviour,How sad on Thee they fall.”Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God—“against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.” The marvels of conviction of sin, forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven man who is the holy man, he proves he is forgiven by being the opposite to what he was, by God’s grace. Repentance always brings a man to this point: I have sinned. The surest sign that God is at work is when a man says that and means it. Anything less than this is merely remorse for having made blunders— the reflex action of disgust at himself [and a further expression of self-love and “worldly sorrow which brings death”].The entrance into the Kingdom is through the panging pains of repentance crashing into a man’s respectable goodness; then the Holy Ghost, Who produces these agonies, begins the formation of the Son of God in the life. The new life will manifest itself in conscious repentance and unconscious holiness, never the other way about. The bedrock of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a man cannot truly and fully repent when just he chooses [lest he or she become prideful of their own “repentance”]; repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If ever you cease to know the virtue of repentance, you are in darkness. Examine yourself and see if you have forgotten how to be truly and deeply sorry [without excuse or blame-shift].—Oswald Chambers
Good words!The words that follow in your quote of 2 Cor 7:10- ...and there are NO REGRETS. But the sorrow of the world just produces death."When conviction is real, repentance is full, and forgiveness is received, there are no regrets! Written by Paul, murderer of believers, by his own admission the chief among sinners!The Holy Spirit, working with the blood of Jesus, is beyond awesome.
so these words really opened my heart and eyes to take a deeper look at my life. so much of the time i have gotten caught up in worldly sorrow, i have cried bitter tears over my sin and even felt real disgust over by attitudes and actions but i realize now none of that was because i was truly repentant for my sin. i felt bad but in so many ways it was all about me. being truly repentant isn't about me, its about Jesus. i want to hate my sin and flee from it because Jesus hates my sin and wants me to flee from it. i want my actions to be governed by Him because He is Lord of my life and i don't want to hurt Him. i feel like God has removed some blinders from my eyes and allowed me to see things just a little more clearly today. i know He has softened my heart and helped me to understand what it truly means to repent of my sins and not just look to clear my guilt. i give thanks to God for showing me these things, i know its only by His grace and strength that i am seeing and hearing. rdgone last thing i am learning being truly repentant, is not feeling sorry for myself either.