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I agree, forgiveness is not the same as absolution.It's unclear what you mean by "forgive." I don't believe any human has the power to provide another person with absolution of sins. That's between them and G-d.
That's like saying that humans cannot practice mercy. (You run into that free-will thing, again.)The Israelites saw disease as punishment for having sinned. Faith leads to repentance. Therefore, repentance would be expected to remove a disease state. I have no real way of influencing another person's faith or their willingness to repent. I can remind them that it is something they should consider, but it is the person's act of repentance that opens them up to Grace and forgiveness. This is why it makes no sense to me to speak of humans having "the power to forgive sins."