2 Corinthians 7:10–Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
When we are confronted with having done something wrong, we have a couple of ways we can respond. We can experience Godly sorrow, which is being truly sorry for how our sins have hurt God. This kind of sorrow leads to repentance and salvation as we seek to restore our relationship with God. We do not get bogged down with regrets as we experience the love and forgiveness of our Savior. Or, we can display Godly sorrow, which is being unhappy about going through the consequences of the sin. This type of sorrow does not lead to repentance, but simply an apology. Basically, it’s being sorry that we got caught, not thinking that we did anything wrong. How do we respond when we are confronted with our wrongs?
Father, thank You for showing me where I fall short so that I can repent and restore my relationship with You. Thank You for making a way to restore me. I will not simply apologize, but will seek real, relationship restoring, repentance.