The Sorrowing of the Damned – Mormon 2:12-14

12 And it came to pass that when I, Mormon, saw their lamentation and their mourning and their sorrow before the Lord, my heart did begin to rejoice within me, knowing the mercies and the long-suffering of the Lord, therefore supposing that he would be merciful unto them that they would again become a righteous people.
13 But behold this my joy was vain, for their sorrowing was not unto repentance, because of the goodness of God; but it was rather the sorrowing of the damned, because the Lord would not always suffer them to take happiness in sin.
14 And they did not come unto Jesus with broken hearts and contrite spirits, but they did curse God, and wish to die. Nevertheless they would struggle with the sword for their lives.

The apostle Paul distinguished between “godly sorrow,” which motivates us to repent, and “the sorrow of the world,” which “worketh death” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). In the passage above, Mormon describes ungodly or worldly sorrow. His people felt sadness when they experienced the consequences of their sins, but they didn’t respond to that sadness by repenting. Instead, they responded by complaining about the consequences. They were apparently unwilling to give up their sins even when it was obvious that those sins were the source of their unhappiness.
Mormon calls this “the sorrowing of the damned.” This seems fitting. The Guide to the Scriptures tells us that damnation is “the state of being stopped in one’s progress and denied access to the presence of God and His glory.” A person who is unwilling to learn from their mistakes and chooses to go on sinning with a full awareness of the consequences has chosen to stop progressing. That person has halted their progress, and in that sense is damned, at least until they are willing to humble themselves and acknowledge the truth that they must change.
Today, I will open my heart to godly sorrow. I will humble myself to learn from my mistakes and will choose to repent when necessary. I will choose to respond to sorrow in a way that helps me grow and improve, not in a way that halts my progress.

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