This is a continuation of the previous verse but gives an important addition. We are reminded that once we have lost our credibility, that reputation will not “turn away” (pass away NASB) (7725).
No one is perfect. We make mistakes. From an eternal point of view, God has made allowance for that. It is called repentance and forgiveness. That is what John meant when he wrote,
(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.God understands.
People don’t. One of the sad facts of life is that we must live with the consequences of our actions. This is a chance to practice humility and patience. God’s grace will help us with those we have wronged, it just may take longer than with Him.
So? Do what you can. Repent. Apologize. Do restitution if it applies. Get on with life knowing that God’s forgiveness is our model, not the actions of our fellow man.