What is “godly sorrow?”

A woman in Florida was in court for running over a bike rider with her car. As she was in prison awaiting her sentence (which was predicted to be one to four years), she was allowed to take a phone call from a friend, and laughed as he made jokes about the victim’s death. When the judge heard the recorded phone call, he threw the book at her, and gave her the maximum sentence of more than ten years. Why did he do that? Because her laughter revealed that she had no contrition (true sorrow). She didn’t see the seriousness of her crime.

What is it that will bring swift mercy from the Judge of the Universe? What is it that will open the door of the grace of God to guilty sinners? It is what the Bible calls “godly sorrow.” It is only when we see the seriousness of our transgressions against God that we will have godly sorrow, and it is godly sorrow that produces repentance. Each of us has a choice. We can be a fool and mock at sin, or we can see sin as being “exceedingly sinful.” You have God’s Word on it: He will throw the Book at the proud and impenitent, but He will give grace to the humble. So humble yourself today, acknowledge your sins, and as you trust in the Savior, you will taste of the grace of God.

Leviticus 26:40 ‘ But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me,

41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies;

if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—

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