Saying, “I’m sorry” is not enough. Fixing the problem is. (Chris Suitt, pastor)
Remember what your mother said when you hit a playmate or stole his toy? She made you go to him and say, “I’m sorry.” Were you really? Probably not, you just did what you were told. Such feeble attempts at correction simply don’t work with adults. Genuine apologies seek to renew the relationship through repentance and change.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death (2 Corinthians 7:10).