From my reading in Luke 11:29-54 in the One Year New Testament.
In our culture, we have images and messages constantly thrown at us through billboards, advertisements, movies, tv shows and websites. If we are not careful to guard our eyes, we can fall prey to temptation and it can start affecting our souls. Here’s what Jesus said about the issue.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness.” Luke 11:34
What you see really does affect you. Jesus is teaching that if we let something into our eyes and into our minds, it has the power to corrupt our souls.
Unfortunately, in our culture it is impossible to stay completely isolated from unwanted images or sights. But we can create boundaries to help ourselves avoid them as well as develop habits for when we do see unwanted garbage. My favorite quote on related to this issue is by Martin Luther,
“You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” – Martin Luther
We all struggle with the problem of looking at what we shouldn’t. Here’s what Jesus says for us to do.
“Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:35–36
I think it is easy to get jaded with the constant barrage of negative images streaming in front of our eyes these days. It can be hard to know if we are being negatively effected by them.
Personally, I want to protect myself from unnecessary temptations. I want to be a person of integrity that is filled with light through and through.
Jesus said that if we are filled with light, our whole life will be radiant. What a great testimony we will be to the world, radiating God’s light everywhere we go! What are some ways to guard your eyes?
Maybe You Should Try..?
- Eliminating a questionable TV show you may enjoy.
- Not going to certain websites that have inappropriate ads.
- Avoiding certain potentially tempting Facebook or instagram pictures.
- Not going to movies unless you check a good Christian review first.
- Avoiding actual places where you will be over-exposed to temptations.
Whatever you have to do, it will be worth it.
When you do mess up, confess it to God and allow God to forgive you!
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9
If you keep your eyes from evil, they will be filled with light and your life will radiate for the world to see!
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