(Thomas Sherman, "Aids to the Divine Life — A Series of Practical Christian Contemplations" 1680)
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." 2 Corinthians 7:10
As sin is the greatest evil — so sorrow for sin is the greatest sorrow.
Godly sorrow in a saint is the greatest sorrow, being that which flows from faith, whereby we see sin to be the greatest evil — as exemplified in the crucified Savior!
True repentance is a continual work. So long as we have sin to repent of — so long we must be repenting of sin.
The believer's sorrow for sin becomes more evangelical than formerly; for whereas, before there was much of self-love, and fear of wrath and Hell in his mourning; now, having a clear view of the love of God in pardoning him, and of the distinguishing grace and favor of God extended to him — he comes to mourn, loathe, and abase himself more deeply than before, and to melt with filial sorrow before the Lord — that he should act so unworthily and unthankfully towards such a gracious, tender, and loving Father. "Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done — you will remember and be ashamed." Ezekiel 16:63
The believer's hatred of sin becomes more refined.
He hates sin on account of its defiling nature — as well as its damning nature!
He hates sin for the evil that is IN it — as well as for the evil that comes BY it!
He hates sin not only because it is ruinous — but because it is wicked!