Why are you confessing your sins to me if this verse is meant to confess only to God?
No Kay, we are to confess our sins to one another and to God. He does forgive us, but as St. James says it's not strictly a private confession to God alone.
And you obviously don't know anything about the Sacrament of Confession. If I were to steal from someone, part of my absolution and penance would involve returning the money and asking forgiveness of the offended person. A person who confesses with no sincerity and intention of reparation is not going to have their sin forgiven.
The Bible tells us to confess our sins to each other and pray for one another (so) that we might be healed. Alcoholics Anonymous used that principle because it involves admission/confession, or 'owning up' to one's failures, without which one cannot overcome them.
If you offend me, and I forgive you, "what we seal on earth is sealed in heaven". Just after teaching His disciples what we call the Lord's prayer, Jesus said, "For if you WILL NOT forgive, My heavenly Father WILL NOT forgive YOU. Fore (before) give (gift) ness (condition) means to pay (give up) the debt (their sin) before it goes before the Judge. No one but the wounded individual can do that.
I heard someone speaking yesterday of a case where a man's sins were 'absolved' after he died. No man can do that. Absolution sounds pretty, but only God knows the heart.
Kind of a mis-direction here Kay, but I guess I have to assume that you agree we don't confess our sins to God only.
Absolved after he died? Never heard of someone confessing their sins afterwards...