Examples of Godly Sorrow and Repentance
Abraham: Not, “Man, I should never have slept with Hagar, now look at all the trouble the world is in.”
Jacob: Not, “If I just let Esau have the blessing, things would have been so different.”
David: His sin with Bathsheba resulted in the death of their son and his conspiracy to cover his tracks led to the death of Uriah, her husband. His remorse was great, his repentance genuine, but his regret is nowhere to be found.
Jonah: Being in a fish is a perfect time to regret. If he had just gone to Nineveh, none of this would have happened. He doesn’t speak that way. He says, “Salvation belongs to the Lord.”
Paul: Anybody have a list of regrets like the apostle Paul? So, he killed Christians. But here is the man who said the trademark verse for killing regret:
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:13-14 ESV)
Repentance is right. Regret is wrong. Repent for your actual sins and trust in the forgiveness of God, pressing on to what is ahead, not trying to add to the substitutionary death of Jesus by piling up your bad feelings.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2 ESV)