I don't think I ever grasped how some sins have consequences you just cannot take back.
And the tongue is the worst. Things said in gossip and anger are like vomitting up the whirlwind. And you can't take it back. And saying, "I'm sorry" will not undo the wreckage you have caused.
"Well, I said I was sorry" they huff and puff. But, the tornado-ic damage their rage unleashed will not rebuild the house nor barn anytime soon.
Thankfully, I lead a quiet life. Boring to most, I'm sure. I am happy with reading, knitting, a little laundry, a little cleaning. And while I have had to bite my tongue from saying some outrageous things, I chalked it up to hormones, or that time of month or something, and prayed God remove the insane thoughts.
But, the words come back---and those verses about gossipy tongues afire burning down whole forrests...please, Lord, guard my tongue. Help me to persevere to the end.
What sins unleashed are like the tube of toothpaste---blurped and squeezed out, but hard to put back inside, if not impossible. What sins burn down the house, and the barn? What sins wreck beyond repair? What sins murder the soul and spirit and respect? What sins shock and awe?
We tremble. And desire to guard our peaceful life from the drama.