“Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings”

Casting Crowns  Slow Fade

 

An old Yiddish Proverb says, “The eyes are the mirror of the soul.” If you have any doubt, make it a habit to look into the eyes of people you meet on the street, and you’ll soon see it’s true. Of course, some will avoid that eye contact, because they don’t want you to see what’s going on inside, and with good reason.

We take guarding our eyes seriously. We have them examined yearly, wear shades to protect them from UV rays, wear goggles to protect them from flying bits and water, and pat moisturizer around them to protect them from the signs of aging.

 

The Bible also takes guarding your eyes seriously.

 

Matthew 18:9 “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.”

That sounds pretty radical! Why would the Bible say it’s better to live and die without your eye than to allow it to cause you to sin? Let’s take a look some of the consequences of allowing your eyes to lead you astray.

 
The fall of man began with the lust of the eyes.

 

Genesis 3:6 “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

The fruit looked good to her. Never mind that she had been warned not to eat it. It looked good; she ate, caused her husband to eat, and brought about the downfall of all mankind.

 

Sampson was his mother’s answered prayer. He was dedicated to God before his birth, raised in the priesthood, and blessed with the strength of many men.

Judges 14:1-3 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines. And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.”

Consecrated to God, and forbidden to marry outside his faith, Sampson liked the way the Philistine woman looked, and started on the path of his destruction. He was blessed one last time, when God allowed him, as a blind captive being treated like an animal, to end his life and take his tormentors with him.

 

How about David, who God called a man after His own heart?

2 Samuel 11:2-4 “And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.”

She looked good to him, and that look led to adultery and murder, and eventually to the rape of one of his daughters by one of his sons, the murder of that son by another, and his own son turning on him and trying to end his life.

 

So what does that have to do with us today?

Let’s start with pornography, which causes a response in the brain similar to the use of street drugs. The primary chemical, released by viewing porn is dopamine, which provides immense pleasure. MRIs show that the brain chemistry and wiring in the brain is changed. The pleasure center of brain takes over and the frontal lobes, or the logic parts of the brain, begin to check out.

Therapists who treat pornography addicts say they behave just like any other addicts. One of the key features of addiction is the development of a tolerance to the addictive substance. In the way that drug addicts need increasingly larger doses to get high, porn addicts need to see more and more extreme material to feel the same level of excitement they first experienced.

 

Proverbs 27:20 “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.”

 

Is that an extreme example? Maybe not if you understand many of the problems of mankind begin with a lust of the eyes.

–No one steals a thing, they don’t first see and begin to desire.

–Many murders are committed out of rage or jealousy, caused by something seen.

–Families are destroyed by adulterous relationships, because someone looked better than his/her spouse.

–Children commit horrendous crimes based on things they’ve seen in movies or video games.

–People are tormented and shunned, because they appear different than what others expect or to which they are accustomed.

 

God gave us the incredible gift of sight, but like any gift, it can be twisted into something it was never meant to be. We must take guarding our eyes more seriously. Don’t let garbage enter your mind through them. Refuse to take that second glance that sets the imagination in motion. See things the way the really are, instead of the way you’d like them to be.

–Ask yourself is that thing you want worth the shame of being caught? Is it worth going to jail?

–Never let your imagination feed a rage that could lead you to harm another.

–Realize, that sweet, funny guy at work probably leaves his dirty socks lying all over the house or belches at the dinner table.

–Remind yourself that your neighbor’s beautiful wife probably wakes up with dragon breath or chews her toenails.

–Protect your children’s eyes and their innocence.

–Learn empathy and acceptance. That odd person may turn out to be a blessing beyond measure.

 

Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

 

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