“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
When we are sick we find it difficult to work at anything.
The illness can become a hinderance to our daily work or more significantly it can form a barrier to us fulfilling our unique God given purpose.
In the word "forgive" we have the word picture meaning: "turn aside illness".
When God forgave us he turned aside the barrier of our illness of sin. He literally cleared the way for us to walk in our God given purpose.
Likewise, when we forgive others we turn aside any barrier that would keep them from fulfilling their God given purpose.