My Daily Devotional

A Mistake or A Sin

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.”
3rd John 1:11

One of my readers sent me an e-mail asking what the difference was between a mistake and a sin. After some thought, I sent him a message hoping to enlighten him about the difference. A mistake is when you add baking powder, instead of baking soda to a recipe, miss a typo in an email, drop your cell phone in the washing machine, or hit the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. It is not something you do intentionally, or with any malice or thought about hurting someone else. However a sin is when you chose to do wrong, while knowing that it is wrong. A sin usually begins with a selfish decision. I deserve to have my raise, even though I did not give a good effort at work. I can take the pen from my office, because the company can afford it. I can cheat on my taxes, because everyone does it. I can take the credit from someone else who had a great idea at my office. I can lie about a mistake I made, so I don’t get in trouble. I can be rude to the teller at the bank. I can cut off that guy in traffic, and say bad things about them. I can resent the person who gets more limelight than I do, and gets the raise and promotion. I don’t want to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions so I can lie, misdirect, lay the blame on someone else, and expect them to clean up my mess. Don’t allow yourself to be a poor example to those around you, by pulling out the “mistake” card when you know your actions stemmed from a deliberate self-driven sinful motivation. Call sin a sin, as this is exactly what God will do. Jesus died for our sins, and there is forgiveness at the Cross. There is nothing we can admit to, and repent from, that cannot be covered by His blood. Although the words ‘mistake’ and ‘sin’ are not synonymous, there is good news, as forgiveness was bought for our sins, and God makes beautiful things from the ashes of our lives.

Pastor Robert W. Brock My Daily Devotional Volume Eight
October 15


About robertwbrock

Robert William Brock, Jr. I was born in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Robert William Brock and Irene Napier, I grew up in the beautiful southeastern part of Kentucky. I attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Early in my career I became interested in Health Care Administration and spent the rest of my career in Hospital Administration, where I retired after 45 years. After retiring from health care I have devoted the past ten years to a ministry, having founded and directed the Nehemiah Network, which provides assistance to the needy people in our area, by bringing together the numerous community organizations, churches and businesses to work collectively to meet the community needs. The Nehemiah Network concept has now spread throughout the nation and over 10,000 programs have been developed, in almost all the states, adopting the framework of the Network. I am a published author of 17 Christian books, and have spent over thirty years tracing my ancestors and writing a book about my Kentucky Heritage. My books are listed below: “Our Kentucky Heritage” “My Daily Devotional” "My Daily Devotional Volume II" "My Daily Devotional Volume III" "My Daily Devotional Volume IV" "My Daily Devotional Volume Six" "My Daily Devotional Volume Seven" "God’s Plan for the Family” " God’s Plan for a Father” "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Life" "The Silent Church" "God's Plan For Financial Freedom" "Living Without Sin" "My Kentucky Heritage" "Brock Family Cookbook" All of my books can be ordered at by typing in my name Robert William Brock, Jr. As part of my ministry I write a free daily devotional which is distributed on a daily basis to over 2 million people daily via e-mail. I live with my wife Margaret of 45 years in East Liverpool, where we have resided for over 33 years. We have three children and six grandchildren.
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