9 Be deeply penitent, and mourn, even weep [over your slavery to sin]; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
|2 Corinthians 7:10|
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvation, and is not regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. [Believers who do not repent and seek the Lord's help to learn what other ungodliness to deny until all evil is removed from their hearts, destroying even the desire for any and all sin, have not experienced salvation. Through repentance you must totally change; salvation is to be freed from all sin in thought, word, and deed.]
|Matthew 5:4 |
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. [Blessed are those who mourn because they are slaves to sin, because they have no control over their emotions. Blessed are those who mourn because they have waited on and listened to the Holy Spirit, who shows them how they are slaves to sin, locked in selfishness, captive to lusts, and in bondage to their emotions, for they shall be comforted; for the same Holy Spirit of grace, both shows a man his sins and then removes them, purifying for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. And: Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Luke 6:21. But: Woe to you who laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep. Luke 6:25. You must hate your worldly life in order to be motivated to lose your worldly life and thereby find the superior life of God.]