According to Psalm 51:4
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
David is writing about his adultery with Bathsheba. Earlier in Genesis 39:9 When Joseph refused Potiphar’s wife he said “No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" “
The inference from the two examples is that David’s sin was against God and not against Uriah and Bathsheba and that Joseph would sin against God and not Potiphar.
Rom 3:23 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
I fully understand that ALL sin is against God.
Recently during a study on “How people Grow” one of the topics was How to deal with those who have sinned against us.
This prompted the above verse references and statements that humans can’t sin against one another.
This left me with questions because of the following:
[Mat [6:14-15][NIV] 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
What did Jesus mean by the above statement? I understand that in other translations it uses the word trespasses but everything I can find about the word trespasses is that it is used interchangeably with the word sin.
Earlier in Matthew when Jesus is giving the sermon on the mount he is addressing how murder begins in the heart with your thoughts he tells the people:
[Mat 5:23-24 CSB] 23 "So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 "leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
Why would Jesus instruct the people to stop making an offering at the altar and go be reconciled to there brother or sister unless that person had sinned against them and needed to reconcile that relationship prior to offering the gift?
Later in Matthew Jesus says this [Mat 18:15-16 CSB] 15 "If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 "But if he won’t listen, take one or two others with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.
My point here is that based on the words of Jesus people can sin against one another and by doing so they sin against God. Is my view on this correct? I would love to hear from the community.
Your Brother in Christ