[b]Two kinds of repentance[/b](J. C. Philpot, "Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers")"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regretbut worldly sorrow brings death." 2 Cor. 7:10There are two kinds of repentance which need to be carefully distinguished from each other, though they are often sadly confoundedevangelical repentance, and legal repentance.Cain, Esau, Saul, Ahab, Judas, all repentedbut their repentance was the remorse of natural consciencenot the godly sorrow of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. They trembled before God as an angry judgebut were not melted into contrition before Him as a forgiving Father.They neither hated their sins nor forsook themtheyneither loved holiness nor sought it.Cain went out from the presence of the Lord; Esau plotted Jacob's death; Saul consulted the witch of Endor; Ahab put honest Micaiah into prison; and Judas hanged himself. How different from this forced and false repentance of a reprobate, is the repentance of a child of Godthat true repentance for sin, that godly sorrow, that holy mourning which flows from the Spirit's gracious operations. This repentance does not spring from a sense of the wrath of God in a broken lawbut from His mercy in a blessed gospelfrom a view by faith of the sufferings of Christ in the garden and on the crossfrom a manifestation of pardoning love; and is always attended with self-loathing and self-abhorrence, with deep and unreserved confession of sin and forsaking it, with most hearty, sincere, and earnest petitions to be kept from all evil, and a holy longing to live to the praise and glory of God.
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