What kind of repentance does God expect for sin? As this verse suggests, it is the repentance that emerges from “godly grief”. Just not sure what that is. We naturally experience grief when we experience a loss. When we lose a job or a loved one, even our keys, we experience a measure of grief. Really it is the mind’s reaction to a readjustment to normal. We relate to life by assuming a normal, this so we can ignore extraneous stimuli. If you’ve ever had something happen that is unusual in your daily schedule, and if it is brief and temporary, you may even forget it happened. It fell outside of normal. But if it’s effect is prolonged, you come into the transition period known as grief. Your mind is fighting to reestablish a “new normal” so that it can resume normal function. This is why sometimes when a loved one is lost, we sometimes see them again out the corner of our eye, because our mind is used to seeing them. The older we are, the prominent this is because our minds are less flexible.
But what about “godly grief”? If this is like grief, it means a loss has occurred. If we are leading to salvation, then we might trace the steps back to a loss of innocence, or a loss of relationship with God that we thought we had. We lost relationship with God because of sin. When we mourn that loss, and what the implications are for that, then we are led to repentance. It is this repentance that leads to salvation. When we properly mourn the loss of our innocence before God, aware of the brokenness that sin has caused between us and God, we ought to be repentant.
I have more to say about this, but I will leave it for another time. God bless you all!