What’s the difference between a sin and a mistake?

The word ‘sin’ in Greek is ‘hamartia’, which means ‘missing the mark’.  This sounds kind of like a mistake.  However, when we look at the use of the word throughout the Gospels, it reveals that it is about missing the mark in a particular way.  Sin is when we turn from God, often turning in on ourselves.  Therefore it isn’t a list of ‘bad’ things, but a condition of being separated from God.  Repentance literally means to turn around, as in, face the other direction or in this case, turn toward Jesus and follow wherever He leads. – Pastor Trudy Stoffel