I think it is totally amazing that God can use both his kindness and sincere godly sorrow to bring about the same conclusion in our lives – a repentance that leads to salvation. Let’s look at the text and examine each path to repentance.
Kindness:I say thank you God for being so diligent, patient, and kind with us. And for doing whatever it takes (kindness & sorrow) to lead us to repentance and save our souls. Father, thank you for using the Holy Spirit and others (Paul to the Corinthians) to speak into our lives, to declare the Gospel, and to expose the offense of sin so that we may be reconciled to you through faith and repentance.
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? – Romans 2:4
Even if I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it. Though I did regret it—I see that my letter hurt you, but only for a little while— yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. – 2 Corinthians 7:8-11