Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

If only Jesus can forgive sins, then why does the Bible tell us to forgive each other’s sins?

26 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    All he wants is for us to live together in peace. That demands forgiveness.

    God forgives US when we forgive others.

    Jesus speaking...

    Matthew 6:14-15 KJV — For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Any sinful act toward another human being has to be forgiven twice - by the other person who was harmed by the sin, and by God, since every sin is an act of disobedience to Him.

  • 1 month ago

    why do you think only Jesus can forgive sins? the only sins Jesus needs to forgive us for are sins worthy of death or unto death, all other sins that are not worthy of death or unto death we can forgive 

    1Jo 5:16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

  • 1 month ago

    Christians are to become Christlike, that is why we are to forgive one another's sins.

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  • TeeM
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The forgiveness Jesus gives leads to everlasting life, for the sinner.

    The forgiveness we give is only toward that individual and how it effects our relationship with the sinner.

    Our forgiveness of one another won't give the sinner eternal life.

    But our forgiveness of others will effect our receiving forgiveness from God.

    Side point:

    The scribes and Pharisees said, "Only God can forgive sins"

    (Mark 2:6, 7) 6 Now some of the scribes were there, sitting and reasoning in their hearts: 7 “Why is this man talking this way? He is blaspheming. Who can forgive sins except one, God?” 

    (Luke 5:21) 21 Then the scribes and the Pharisees started to reason, saying: “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins except God alone?” 

    After this statement Jesus cures a sick man.

    Thus trinitarians take this statement and say, 'Because Jesus can forgive sins, Jesus MUST be God.

    But let's read the end of this account and see what the scribes had to admit

    Matthew's account makes an interesting statement:

    (Matthew 9:8) 8 When the crowds saw this, they were struck with fear, and they glorified God, who gave such authority to men. 

    (Mark 2:12) . . .they glorified God, saying: “We have never seen anything like this.”

    (Luke 5:26) . . .they began to glorify God, and they became filled with awe, saying: “We have seen wonderful things today!”

    At the end of the account, the scribes didn't say, "Jesus must be God", they had to admit the authority was given to Jesus.

    They didn't glorify Jesus, but they glorified God who had given Jesus this authority.

    (Matthew 9:6) 6 However, in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins—” then he said to the paralytic: “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go to your home.”

    (Mark 2:10) 10 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth—”

    (Luke 5:24) 24 But in order for you to know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins—” 

    Does Jesus have this authority because he is God? OR

    Does Jesus have this authority because his God gave him the authority?

    (Matthew 28:18) 18 Jesus approached and spoke to them, saying: “All authority has been given me in heaven and on the earth.

    (John 5:27) 27 And he [God] has given him [Jesus] authority to do judging,

    (John 17:1-3)“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son so that your son may glorify you, 2 just as you have given him authority over all flesh, so that he may give everlasting life to all those whom you have given to him. 3 This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

    Think about this,  

    When Jesus gave the apostles the 'authority' over the demons, and the ability to cure diseases, did having this authority make them equal to Jesus?


    Jesus being given all authority from his God and Father doesn't make Jesus equal to his God and Father.

    Let us all do as Paul and Peter tell us:

    "Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" 

    (Eph 1:3; 1 Pet 1:3)


  • 1 month ago

    Please read Matt 6:9,15 and you will find your answer

  • 1 month ago

    God forgives our sins on the basis of Jesus Christ sacrifice.

    As imperfect humans, we all sin. So we are wise to be inclined to forgive others, because sooner or later we will need to have others forgive us. 

    When we choose to forgive, we also benefit ourselves. When you harbor anger and resentment, withhold forgiveness you hurt yourself. Those negative emotions can rob you of happiness, restrict your life, and make you miserable.

    When you are forgiving you maintain unity and peace.

    God freely forgives and he expect the same from us.

    Ephesians 4:32  But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave you.

  • 1 month ago

    What, you WANT to spend life miserable and letting other people push your buttons?  Let your anger and hostility go.

  • Only God can Forgive sin from our record.   We can foigive others by letting them go

  • 1 month ago

    He told us to do it at least 7 x 70 .

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