Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance

Daily Devotional

Bible Verse:

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Accepting that you are not where God wants you to be is important but is not the only thing required to get you to the place where God wants you to be. It is only the first step. Possessing Godly sorrow that you have fallen short of God’s standards, is also a necessity. Imagine admitting where you are going wrong, but having no remorse for your actions: there will then be no inclination to change. Godly sorrow is what fuels spiritual change. It takes you from admission of wrong to taking the action needed to create change. That is why 2 Corinthians 7:10 says that Godly sorrow leads to repentance.

It is not coincidental that the second beatitude was Matthew 5:4: blessed are they that mourn”. Possessing godly sorrow was what Jesus was referring to when he used the word “mourn”. After accepting your spiritual shortcomings, you must then express regret for failing to meet God’s standards.

The Children of Israel did that in Judges 10:6-16. They had fallen into idolatry and found themselves oppressed by the Philistines and Ammonites for 18 years. The situation got from bad to worse when the Ammonites decided to come against Israel to destroy them. That was the wakeup call that Israel needed. In that moment they both expressed godly sorrow and admitted that they had not honoured the word of God. That propelled them to put away their idols and God delivered them from the hand of their enemies.

After admitting your shortcomings, Godly sorrow is the fuel that gets you to the place where God wants you to be. Interestingly, the blessing that comes with Godly sorrow or “mourn” as Jesus calls it is “they shall be comforted” or see the change that God is calling them to.

Life Application:

If you do not yet possess the Godly sorrow needed to make the change God is calling you to, ask God for it. He will do it. He wants you to get to the place where He is calling you.


Lord, May I always express sorrow when I sin against you. Bring me to a place of repentance and reconciliation with you. In Jesus name, amen.

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