In one of the sacred books, it states that God does not accept our apologies for our past sins or evils. It is the determination to not act in the same manner when confronted with the same temptations that God accepts as our apology. Words have less influence, in contrast to action. To live joyously when confronted with the unexpected is what God accepts.
Some of us have less faith, and are weak when confronted with temptation, stress, and sufferings. We may praise God, and ask God for forgiveness of our past evils; but when confronted with temptation, and stress, we may continue to follow the same evil path. It is only when we change our behavior that God will accept as an apology from our innermost heart. It is at this stage of true sincerity, can we become spirited in mind, like the mind of God.