How many times have you told God you were sorry only to go back and do the same thing over and over again?
How many times did Israel cry out for God to rescue them, only to return to the same behavior again?
Yes, apologies are sometimes sincere, but many times they are are response to the consequences of our behavior. Apologies can even be a tool of manipulation to make the person we hurt feel better, and sometimes to make ourselves feel better.
If you read your bible carefully, God never asks for an apology, but He demands repentance…
Acts 3:19 ESV /
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
Matthew 4:17 ESV
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 3:8 (ESV)
Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV)
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Repentance isn’t saying I’m sorry, it’s showing I’m sorry!
It’s turning from our behavior and doing everything we can to not do it again. That’s why when someone has done something to hurt you and never apologized, but they haven’t done it again, you have gotten something better than an apology….you’ve gotten repentance.