Test 1: Have I experienced godly sorrow that produces repentance?
This series is taken from a blog post Pastor Scott wrote: Am I saved? Seven tests to know!
Repentance is required for salvation, and it comes from godly sorrow over our sin:
2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly sorrow produces death.
Worldly sorrow is the sorrow in:
- Courtrooms across the country when the verdict is read
- Children when they find out they’re going to be punished
- Adults when they find out they’re going to suffer because of something they’ve done
Basically, worldly sorrow is regret or shame, not because of the sin itself, but because of the consequences. It has no redemptive value.
Godly sorrow on the other hand involves sorrow over the sin, because there's understanding the sin was committed against a holy, loving God. Godly sorrow desires victory over sin, and as a result it produces a change of mind about the sin; a turning from it. Repentance.
"Sorrow" is synonymous with regret, and Paul says godly sorrow won’t later cause regret; it won't later cause more sorrow. Why? Because it "produces repentance that leads to salvation."