Men would sooner believe that the gospel is from heaven, if they saw more such effects of it upon the hearts and lives of those who profess it. The world is better able to read the nature of religion in a man’s life than in the Bible.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock
(Jesus, Matthew 7:24)
If the Word written be not believed, it is like writing on water, which makes no impression….Oh that the Bible might be seen printed in our lives!
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1 v 22 – 24)