Godly Sorrow

John Koedyker

READ : 2 Corinthians 7:5-16

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation. (v. 10 NIV)

Over the many years of my life as a Christian and a church leader, I have come to realize the importance of striving to have a daily openness and awareness of God. The Lord has promised to always be with us and to make his Spirit available to us. So in our living, it is our responsibility to maintain a vital relationship with him through things like daily prayer, reading the Bible, and reflection.

But we get busy. And we get distracted. And we go off course. Sometimes we need the counsel or correction of other trusted Christians. The thing that is hard about this is that the counsel or correction is not always well received.

Here in these verses Paul speaks of the time he had to send a letter of correction to the Corinthians. It was not, at first, well received. In fact, it hurt them for a time. But eventually they realized the error of their ways, and that brought about a godly sorrow which in turn led to repentance and salvation.

We have a term that is often used today: “tough love.” Sometimes Christians have to use tough love on each other—not in judgment or condemnation but in correction, because they care so much about each other and their eternal destiny.


Lord, thank you for friends who care deeply about us. Amen.