What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow? - Dennis Gundersen

What is the difference between worldly and godly sorrow?

Dennis Gunderson explains in this video that worldly sorrow involves sadness of being caught in sin or being known as sinful by others. It involves perhaps a regret of the effects of sin. A worldly sorrow dislikes the consequences of sin but not the sin itself.

But godly sorrow hates sin for what it is. It recognizes that sin is a defiance towards God and an uncalled-for rebellion against God. A person who demonstrates godly sorrow is grieved that he has rebelled against God despite His graciousness towards him. Godly sorrow involves a forsaking of sins out of a desire to obey God. 

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) - "For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death." 


Speaker: Dennis Gundersen

Dennis Gundersen is President and owner of Grace and Truth Books, a Christian publisher of more than 60 books, with a primary focus on reprinting 19thcentury children's stories with a character building emphasis. Dennis has served as Senior Pastor at three Tulsa churches since 1984 and is currently devoting his time to writing, publishing, conference speaking and a role as a visiting professor at Tlapaneco Bible Institute in the state of Guerrero, Mexico. He is author of two books: "Your Child's Profession of Faith" and “Courtship or Dating: So What’s the Difference”, and he is a frequent speaker at church conferences, men's retreats and home education conventions. He and his wife Naomi have been married since 1976, and have four adult sons who were all homeschooled. For relaxation, he is an avid mountain climber, cyclist, and photographer.
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