Godly sorrow produces repentance
leading to salvation, not to be regretted.
Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly. § If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me. Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!
So you, by the help of your God, return; observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— these, O God, You will not despise. § He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. § He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
2 Cor. 7:10; Matt. 26:75; 1 John 1:9, 1:7;
Ps. 40:12–13; Hos. 12:6; Ps. 51:17; 147:3; Mic. 6:8
“Is it well with you?” . . . And she answered, “It is well.”
We have the same spirit of faith.
As chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. § We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body … Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
2 Kings 4:26; 2 Cor. 4:13; 6:9–10; 4:8–10, 16–18; 3 John v. 2