II Cor 7:10, 11 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Godly sorrow when a child of God disobeys his/her Shepherd.
When Jonah disobeyed the Lord and ran from Him, God brought upon him many sorrows. Sorrow after sorrow, from storms to thrown into the sea, swallowed by a fish and lamenting for a plant. All these sorrows led him to his repentance in each stage. His repentance brought back the obedience, and he did what the Lord commanded. Many children of God go through pain and sorrow in their hearts because of their disobedience to the Lord at some point in time. When God planned to redeem them for the eternal life, He will never leave them until he/she repents and obey His voice. That is the longsuffering of the Lord and His mercy. He wants us to be in His presence eternally. In these moments, there will be many things that will happen in our life, which brings godly sorrow and ultimately the repentance and obedience. The more we delay and run from Him, the more the pain. All those who are His, must have gone through this process of godly sorrow and repentance, which will bring the zeal and clarity in our life. After this sorrow then it is the Joy of seeing the Lord in our hearts, and it will be rejoicing in His presence. Our Lord said, “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.” Halleluiah.