"For sadness in a Godly way makes for repentance (1) to salvation that is not to be regretted; but the sadness of the world produces death. For, look! this very thing, your being saddened in a Godly way, what a great earnestness it produced in you... yes, fear, yes, longing, yes, zeal, yes, righting of the wrong!" (From 2 Cor 7:10,11).
"To hate reproof is to go the way of
sinners, but whoever fears the
Lord will repent whole
"Do you think lightly of His wealth of kindness, of tolerance, and of patience, without recognizing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to a change of heart?" (1) (Rom 2:4 NEB. See NWT (1)).
"Before Judgement comes, examine yourself, and you will find pardon in the hour of scrutiny. Before you fall ill, humble yourself; show your penitence (2) as soon as you sin." (Eccus 18:20,21 NEB).
"How good it is to respond to reproof with repentance, (1) and so escape deliberate sin!" (Eccus 20:3 NEB).
"If your brother commits a sin give him a rebuke, and if he repents forgive him. Even if he sins seven times a day against you and he comes back to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him." (From Luke 17:3,4).
"Do not rebuke a man who is already penitent; remember that we are all guilty." (Eccus 8:5 NEB).