“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death” (v10). Paul’s earlier letter to the Corinthians warned them against tolerating sexual sin within the church, and he knew this letter would cause sorrow. Paul took no joy in rebuking them, but he did rejoice at the consequence: “Not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting” (v9). Rather than be weighed down by guilt and regret (“worldly grief”), they were able to turn away from their sin (repentance) and find salvation.
“I have perfect confidence in you” (v16). Genuine repentance gives us the freedom to reach out to Christ for forgiveness, restored relationships, and new life.