Godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation

Scripture reference

2 Corinthians 7:9–11 (ASV 1901)

9I now rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye were made sorry unto repentance; for ye were made sorry after a godly sort, that ye might suffer loss by us in nothing. 10For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11For behold, this selfsame thing, that ye were made sorry after a godly sort, what earnest care it wrought in you, yea what clearing of yourselves, yea what indignation, yea what fear, yea what longing, yea what zeal, yea what avenging! In everything ye approved yourselves to be pure in the matter.


A woman who surrendered her life to Christ backslide as a result of pressure from those around her who were unbelievers. The Lord used an illness to chasten her and rebuke her, she repented of her sin and returned to fellowship with believers.
Thomas Walker testifies of the remarkable peace and joy that obtaining God's forgiveness brought upon his miserable soul.
In the course of a prayer meeting with school boys, the Spirit of God moved; causing the boys to cry aloud and move about publicly confessing their sins and seeking forgiveness from one another.
Danish missionary, Miss Anna Christiansen, preached on sin, righteousness, and judgement. Her message was used powerfully by the Holy Spirit, and “great fear came upon the while church,” as in Acts 5:11. Many confessed their sins, repented and found the new birth.
Titus Coan depended only on God's Spirit to bring home the words whenever he preached. And the Gospel he declared wrought changes in the hearts and lives of those who listened; sins were confessed, quarrels reconciled, idolatry renounced and God's cause; greatly advanced.