2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Many notable children of God have struggled with deep sorrow and depression. The great Jonathan Edwards was given to bouts of depression as was Charles Spurgeon. These titans of the faith were confronted with their old man and persistent nagging issues of the heart. Thank God above that these crucibles of the mind did not destroy these men. Rather, these sorrows gave impetus to greater reliance upon their Heavenly Father.
As a minister, I often emphasize the importance of repentance. Frankly, few things should take higher priority in the life of believers. Unlike rebirth, repentance is continually needful. While we may wish that events such as baptism changed us into flawless beings, experience reveals that sins persists even in the life of the God’s chosen when they err from the faith. Sin and righteousness are ever at war.
Because of the reality of this situation, the Apostle Paul admonished believers to mortify or kill earthly, temporal impulses (Colossians 3:5). To do otherwise is to voluntarily dwell in darkness and court death. Let us draw near to God with a contrite heart knowing that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).