We know that repentance means a turn of direction. But we have to turn to something. Gods’ word tells us “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10.
True Godly sorrow causes us to run into the arms of Jesus - the arms of grace leading to life in Him. There will be a true change.
Worldly sorrow lives in the moment, we may feel bad what we have done but it’s about us. Perhaps you got caught in sin and feel bad about being exposed. There is no power in merely feeling about what you’ve done. This causes us to turn from God and continue living in sin because it’s not produced by the Holy Spirit through conviction. It leads to death.
True repentance brings about sorrow for the way we have we have grieved God and others. It moves the heart of God with compassion and brings about a heart change in us. Psalm 103:13-14 says “Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”
When we are in a sweet place of brokenness, the heart of God is moved and fills us with His grace.