Luke 3:8a: Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, . . .
It is sometimes very difficult to recognize phony repentance in others and sometimes even in ourselves. I know some individuals who never fail to say excuse me when they sneeze but if you are not watching, they will pick your pocket. Phony apologies bear a remarkable resemblance to phony repentance. I do not recall where I got these descriptions of phony apologies. I found a few online and some popped back into my head from elsewhere. It seems to me that there were more and I probably don*t have the exact words that I heard. They may help us to recognize phoniness in others and in ourselves and root it out of ourselves.
An apology followed by excuses is not an apology.