What is godly grief? Quoting my ESV study notes, "godly grief is the grief that comes from God, characterized by repentance, i.e. remorse caused by having lost God's approval and the consequent resolve to reverse one's conduct and live for God. Worldly grief is grief that comes from the world, i.e. a remorse brought about by being losing the world's approval, leads to resolve to regain that approval and produces death, or divine judgment."
I know that if I disappoint God by my actions, I feel grief. The Holy Spirit convicts me of my sin, and I fall humbly before God and ask His forgiveness. My heart truly seeks repentance-not just forgiveness.
Our aim is to please God in all that we do.
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.