• Jack Selcher

Protecting Your Eyes Protects Your Heart

Your eyes are your heart’s bulletin board. The harder you think, the bigger your pupils become.1 They enlarge when you look at something you love.2 What your eyes see is stored in your heart (Deuteronomy 4:9) and impacts what you feel (Deuteronomy 28:67). Your heart belongs to what your eyes delight in (Proverbs 23:26, Ezekiel 24:25). Your eyes both program your heart and reflect its thoughts and feelings. Like a keyboard and screen, they register both input and output.

Eyes that lust after God-substitutes grieve Him because they indicate a heart that is not fully His (Ezekiel 6:9). Chasing after the lusts of your own heart and eyes is spiritual adultery (Numbers 15:39). God repeatedly condemns haughty eyes and proud hearts (Psalm 101:5; 131:1, Isaiah 10:12). In fact, haughty eyes are one of the seven things He hates (Proverbs 6:17).

What you see affects your mood, temper, and even how generous and kind you are to others.3 If you do not control what you see, your life is like a house with doorways but no doors. Whosoever and whatsoever will may enter. That will not end well. Wise choices are like a door that separates what enters your life from what is not permitted. Only the foolish view everything that is viewable and never avert their eyes. Not controlling what enters the eye-gate pollutes the springs of your heart. This certainly applies to pornography in all its forms. If not looking away when you should created severe chest pains, you would do a better job of protecting your eyes and heart, and so would I.

What you really need is a new heart and eyes that thrive in the light, not the darkness. Closed eyes are associated with a calloused heart (Matthew 13:15). God promises a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) and the ability to see spiritual realities (Ephesians 1:18). God’s word gives joy to the new heart and light to the eyes (Psalm 19:8). Paul prays that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened to know all you have in Christ (Ephesians 1:18). Controlling what your eyes see protects your heart! #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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1. https://psychcentral.com/blog/do-your-eyes-give-you-away/

2. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/10-ways-your-eyes-give-you-away/ss-AAcWAp#image=2

3. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/peacemeal/201301/what-happens-if-you-dont-watch-what-you-watch

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