There are certain academics that are foundational for all of these activities. But ultimately, a cyclist will never emerge until the bike is ridden. A person will never be an artist until a sketch has been created. And a writer is not a writer until words are formed into sentences and paragraphs are produced. It is in the practical application that we transition from learner to doer.
Reading and studying are the groundwork but doing is the step to transformation.
God says that I should not fool myself into thinking that I am something just because I’ve heard it. Listening to instruction on drawing or studying it and memorizing quotes from famous artists do not make me an artist. In fact, if I listen to the instruction but don’t practically apply it, the Bible equates this to forgetting that I had ever learned it in the first place.
Is forgiveness any different? If I study all of the Bible verse there are on forgiveness and read every book that was ever written on forgiveness, but cannot practically apply this in my own marriage towards my brother in the faith. Then I am a learner of forgiveness, not a forgiving person.
It is the practical application that changes me into a truly forgiving person.
After all, if all I ever build is a foundation it doesn’t matter how strong, big and purposeful that foundation is, if there is no action to bring it to completion. It will always be just a foundation … nothing more.
What foundation is God asking me to act on in my marriage?~James 1:22~ Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.