Thomas Brooks (a Puritan):
Reader, if it is not strong upon your heart to practice what you read, to what end do you read? To increase your own condemnation? If your light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing a man you are, the more miserable a man you will be in the day of recompense; your light and knowledge will more torment you than all the devils in hell. Your knowledge will be that rod that will eternally lash you, and that scorpion that will forever bite you, and that worm that will everlastingly gnaw you; therefore read, and labor to know, that you may do—or else you are undone forever.
Also look up James 1:23-24, where “Scripture warns against the self-deception that comes to the so-called believer who hears the Word, but refuses to act upon it.”
Heavy stuff for someone like me who loves to read, yet struggles to apply most of what is learned. I guess the key is whether it is “strong upon [my] heart to practice what [I] read.” I sure hope it always is and that this bears fruit.
HT: Paul Tautges