2 Corinthians 7:9-10
“Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
Paul taught the Corinthians about repentance. He taught them that through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be reconciled to God. To be reconciled means to settle differences, or restore harmony with someone. When we repent, Heavenly Father forgives us.
Paul also taught that “godly sorrow” is an important step in repentance. Having godly sorrow helps us to recognize that what we did was wrong, and makes us want to make it right.
When we repent and try to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can become new creatures. (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)
“The first and natural consequence of trusting in the Savior is repenting and turning away from evil. As we exercise faith in and on the Lord, we naturally turn toward, come unto, and depend upon Him. Thus, repentance is trusting in and relying upon the Redeemer to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.” David A. Bednar
What is the difference between “godly sorrow” and “worldy sorrow”? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that godly sorrow leads us to change, while worldy sorrow just makes us feel bad about ourselves.)
Is it a commandment to repent?
How do we repent?
We all experience the bitterness of sin in our lives. How does repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ turn bitter to sweet? Use this object lesson to help children better understand the gift of repentance.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.