If you have hurt anyone from your backsliding, the Bible teaches you should try to make amends. Jesus said, “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV) Healing hurts takes time. But make the effort. God will help to mend the situation in His time.
It sounds as if you have already prayed to God for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 (NIV), “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Jesus’s sacrifice paid our debt, and justice has been completely satisfied. So, you are no longer guilty. However, remorse and sorrow for your backsliding is appropriate. These feelings will help you to never backslide again.
2 Corinthians 7:9-11 (CSB), “9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn't experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death. 11 For consider how much diligence this very thing — this grieving as God wills — has produced in you: what a desire to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what deep longing, what zeal, what justice! In every way you showed yourselves to be pure in this matter.”
As the Apostle Paul wrote, remorse helps us to resist the temptation to backslide. Your grief will help you to build a Christ-like character – a character that loves righteousness and hates iniquity.
Remember James 1:12, 14-15 (NIV), “12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. … 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.