Guarding Against the Lust of the Eyes

Avoiding the Lust of the Eyes

DAILY DEVOTIONS

9/24/2023

Guarding Against the Lust of the Eyes

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

In the world we live in, there are numerous temptations that can lead us astray, even when we simply observe things with our eyes. Our eyes are a valuable gift from God; they enable us to perceive and understand the world around us. However, in opposite way it's similar to having a bus with no driver or a path with no exits, it’s like feeling lost and ill-equipped in our struggle to maintain purity in this way, much like a misplaced weapon in a battle.

Our eyes are meant for appreciating the beautiful world God created, understanding what others need, and reflecting the goodness of God's holiness. But sometimes, if we don't watch carefully, our eyes can lead us to do wrong things. In Bible, we can see in John chapter 9, where Jesus gave sight to a blind man. This teaches us about the importance of our eyes and how Jesus can help us see things clearly, both physically and spiritually.

Let’s consider, some questions for self-reflection; Are we using the Holy Spirit's guidance to avoid the lust of the eyes? Do our thoughts and desires align with the purity of Jesus? Are we nurturing our souls through the Word of God or satisfying earthly desires through the lust of our eyes? To get a better understanding of this, we will explore what the Bible says to find wisdom and guidance.

In Proverbs 4:25 we can see: "Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you." We should fix our gaze on things that are pure and honorable. In Galatians 5:16 it is written: "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." The Holy Spirit is our guide away from temptation. In Psalm 119:37, it emphasizes that "Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word." We must actively turn our eyes from sinful distractions.

Let's think about the story of David and Bathsheba from the Bible (found in 2 Samuel 11). David's intense desire when he saw Bathsheba ultimately caused him to commit adultery and even murder. His story teaches us how much trouble we can get into when we let our eyes make us do wrong things.

Matthew 6:22-23 teaches us that our eyes are the lamp of our body, and if they are pure, our whole body will be filled with light. To avoid the lust of the eyes, we must choose to focus on God's righteousness and seek His guidance in every aspect of our lives.

In today's world, the internet can show us many things that might tempt us to do wrong. Instead of giving in to these earthly desires we see with our eyes, we should focus on reading and learning from the Bible to nurture our souls. Satan wants to keep us away from God, but we can avoid that by constantly making ourselves better and purer.

Remember, with pure hearts and eyes, we will be able to see God clearly and be close to Him. As believers, we are called to be beacons of light in a dark world. To fulfill this role, we must strive for purity in our thoughts and actions, aligning our hearts and eyes with Jesus, for only pure eyes can truly see God.

The aforementioned stories teach us an important lesson; we should think about where we are in our lives right now. Are we thinking and acting like Jesus would want us to? Are we looking forward to the day when we can see God, knowing that we need pure eyes to do that? It's really important to keep our thoughts and vision pure so that we can live out our purpose in a good way.

The Bible strongly tells us to be careful about having impure thoughts and desires, especially when it comes to what we see with our eyes. In Proverbs 6:25, it warns us not to let our hearts desire things that are wrong, and it stresses how important it is to protect our eyes from these desires.

We should not avoid discussing these important topics. It's our main duty, as parents, teachers, leaders, and pastors, to teach others what Jesus taught. Our goal is to help them understand how to keep their hearts and eyes pure. This is very important because when we teach them these things, it ensures that the next generation will grow up to be like God’s character, living in a way that is pure and right.

Let’s prayer. Heavenly Father, we humbly come before you, recognizing the challenges we face in guarding our eyes against the lust of the world. Help us, through the guidance of your Holy Spirit, to keep our focus on things that are pure, lovely, and honorable. Grant us the strength to turn away from sin and to nurture our souls through your Word. May our lives shine as beacons of your light, and may we always strive for the purity of heart that allows us to see you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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