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"And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness. For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."
Acts 26:24-28

I believe this is one of saddest stories in the Bible.  The king was almost Home.  He was almost persuaded to make a heart commitment to Jesus and live with Him eternally in Heaven.  Many of us have loved ones and friends who are almost persuaded to be a Christian.

We need to search our heart and see if our actions and words to our family and friends are turning them away from Jesus.  If we want our loved ones to make that final commitment to Jesus, then we need to pray for them and extend the Love of Jesus to them on a daily basis.

Sometimes we get so busy with our schedules during the day that we donít make the time to fellowship with our loved ones and friends.  How would we feel if Jesus didnít make time for us on a daily basis?  Letís live so that others will never say to us, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian".

September 3, 2005

 

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