Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 50/260: Read Acts 26

The Herods were rarely seen in a good light in the New Testament, but that did not stop Paul from reasoning with Herod Agrippa II. The gospel was so powerful that Agrippa declared, “You almost persuade me to become a Chrsitian.”

Almost. Such a sad word.

Philip Paul Bliss wrote the hymn “Almost Persuaded” in the nineteenth century. The fourth stanza shows the sad condition of one who stops at “almost.”

        “Almost persuaded,” harvest is past!
        “Almost persuaded,” doom comes at last;
                “Almost” cannot avail;
                “Almost” is but to fail!
                Sad, sad that bitter wail—
                        “Almost—but lost!”

Do you have friends who are “almost—but lost”? Are you yourself resisting the love of God?

        Turn now with heart and will,
        Peace will your spirit fill—
                Oh, turn today!

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Acts 22:16. And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Pray

Pray for those who are waiting for that convenient season, for those who are almost persuaded. Pray that they will come to their senses before it is eternally too late.

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