One Republic talks to us about someone who has taken too long to apologize and because of that their apology is not accepted! Here are the lyrics:
I'm holding on your rope,
Got me ten feet off the ground
I'm hearin what you say but I just can't make a sound
You tell me that you need me
Then you go and cut me down, but wait
You tell me that you're sorry
Didn't think I'd turn around, and say...
It's too late to apologize, it's too late
I said it's too late to apologize, it's too late
Amulek declares in Alma 34:32–34 that "this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. . . . Do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world."
Repenting is alot like apologizing to God. When we delay doing so it not only hurts us but it hurts him as well. The scriptures remind us of the importance and urgency of repentance! Repentance sometimes requires great courage, many prayers, living the commandments of God and repairing the wrongs we may have done to others.He promises us that we can be free from guilt, shame, and suffering if we do take action now!
I struggle with this too but then again who doesn't? Lets take this seriously and do something about it! :)