How can a sinning believer be restored to the Lord?

How can a sinning believer be restored to the Lord?

Both restoration of communion lost through one sin and also restoration from a path of sin involve two principles. First, confession is essential (Jeremiah 3:13; Hosea 14:2; 1 John 1:9). More than mere words, confession means taking God's view of our sin. Sin is not a weakness or an addiction. It cannot be justified in any way nor its responsibility transferred to someone else or to r circumstances. Its primary shame is not its being "found out..." Sin is a wrong directed against God (Psalm 51:4), destructive to one's self, and harmful to others. Any unwillingness to forsake the sin nullifies confession. "Whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy" (Proverbs 28:13). Confession is not pleading for forgiveness, repeatedly decrying the sin, or making one's self feel "lowly." It is not primarily emotional; it is a statement of submission to God's character.

The second principle is devotion. Restoration is not complete until a believer has returned to feeding on Christ. Only the power of divine life overcomes sin. By daily reading, meditation, and prayer, the believer can yield to the Spirit's working and know the transforming power of resurrection life.

D. Oliver