II Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
(What about for those of us who are already saved?Jesus suffered the ultimate godly sorrow, the greatest sorrow imaginable, when he suffered and died for our sins.Also, Jesus suffers terrible sorrow every time we sin, because it is him that we really hurt:)
Psalms 51:4a Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight:
(If we consider this, when we have sinned, then Jesus will allow us to experience, a little, of this sorrow of his.Then we are able to sorrow after a godly sort, for the sin, for the loss of fellowship, but mainly that we have hurt Jesus deeply.So, when we repent, not only do we realize that we are forgiven:)
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(But Jesus has brought us back into fellowship.Yet, how often do we realize, at that moment, that we have hurt Jesus deeply.Yes, we are forgiven – yes, fellowship is restored – but what about the heart of our dear Saviour?We had just broken his heart, so why not at this same moment of forgiveness, bring some pleasure to Jesus?How can we do that? By, first letting gratitude pour forth from our lips.Then we can begin to immediately praise him for his grace, tender-mercies, loving kindness, and compassion.We should let him know how wonderful we believe him to be.We could even sing something to him, like a little child pleasing a parent with a little melody.)
Psalms 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.