Paul says there is a godly sorry that leads to repentance and then to life. There's a worldly sorry that leads only to death. Both can come with tears. Both can come with grief. Both can come with regret.
But only one leads to life.
So often the difference is this: whether you're actually sorry or just sorry that you got caught, got exposed, got told on, got blamed.
Actual sorrow looks like Zaccheus, who made things right and turned from greed to generosity. John the Baptist told others to bear fruit in keeping with repentance. Paul says there's a repentance that leads to life.
How does that intersect your life and repentance today?