James 1:22-24 “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror, for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was…”
The gospel was never meant to be a message heard, but power demonstrated. It is impossible for the purpose of the message to be just heard. It is linked to action. That’s why James goes on to say that without deeds, faith is dead. They work together. Knowledge puffs up, love edifies. Love is an action, knowledge isn’t. Knowledge requires hearing, love requires doing. And the reason people aren’t doing is because they don’t know who they are; they aren’t truly understanding the gospel (Jam. 1:23). And because they don’t know who they are, they have forgotten Him, the Father; His name. There is a knowledge that bears fruit. That is the knowledge of the truth, the Son of God. Knowing Him is eternal life. But the one who only hears, is deceiving themselves.
Do, and you will know (John 7:16-17). You will know who you are, and who He is. It all comes from doing – loving one another, the same way He showed love.