Here goes with another Sunday post from my Fall 2020 study of 2 Corinthians with Good Morning Girls. As mentioned previously, I use the SOAP method of Bible study , and their study guide uses a similar method. For 2 Corinthians chapter 7, the verse to study was verse 10.
S= "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Corinthians 7:10)
O= A cross-reference for "godly sorrow" is Psalm 32:10 -- "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about." Godly sorrow over sin will result in our finding all-encompassing mercy.
The Corinthians verse states that godly sorrow results in salvation not to be regretted. "Salvation" in this context means "being saved from the habit and dominion of sin." Worldly sorrow, however, leads to death, ultimately -- with bad consequences in this life as well.
A= I'm thankful that with the Lord "there is mercy and plenteous redemption" (Psalm 130:7) It is a blessing to be reminded that when we genuinely grieve over our sin, and truly repent of it, sweet forgiveness is available to us.
P= "Lord, I pray that You will help me in considering my own life: Is there sin I need to repent of? I pray that You will help me to think about this honestly and to deal with any sin with true repentance. Help me also to be able to extend forgiveness to others when they truly repent. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen."