Godly Mourning

St. Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth:

“For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it.  For I perceive that the same epistle made you sorry, though only for a while.  Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance.  For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.  For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.  For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication!  In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”  (2 Corinthians 7:8-11)

Abba Poeman in the Desert Fathers teaches us about this godly sorrow:

“A brother questioned Abba Poeman, ‘What ought I to do about all the turmoils that trouble me?’ The old man said to him, ‘In all our afflictions let us weep in the presence of the goodness of God, until he shows mercy on us.’” (Poeman in The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, p 185)

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  (Matthew 5:4)

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