While seeking to let the word of God dwell in me richly (Colossians 3:16), I realize that the battle is solely in within. We are told repeatedly in Scripture that the heart is the source for all things outwardly shown (Proverbs 4:23; Mark 7:14-23) and that we are to be transformed by the renewing our minds (Romans 12:2).
How do we do that? By actually reading and thinking on the word of God, which is the Bible. By asking God for discernment and wisdom when reading it. Through this the Spirit of God will convict us and usher us toward confession and repentance.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
This is a an ongoing, constant thing; it does not stop after one time, or a hundred times. We should find ourselves repenting over & over, and through it we will find God’s faithfulness & eagerness to remind us that we are His & are forgiven.
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 7:10-11