1 Thessalonians 5:19
Quench not the Spirit.
An old man came to a clergyman and said, "Sir, can a sinner of eighty years old be forgiven?" The old man wept much while he spoke, and on the minister inquiring into his history, gave this account of himself: — "When I was twenty one, I was awakened to know that I was a sinner, but I got with some young men who tried to persuade me to give it up. After a while I resolved I would put it off for ten years. I did. At the end of that time my promise came to my mind, but I felt no great concern, and I resolved to put it off ten years more. I did, and since then the resolution has become weaker and weaker, and now I am lost!" After talking to him kindly, the minister prayed with him, but he said, "It will do no good. I have sinned away my day of grace;" and in this state he soon after died.
Parallel VersesKJV: Quench not the Spirit.