Purity's importance is summed up by our Lord: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). In the rest of His Sermon on the Mount, Christ teaches that purity of heart and mind is just as important as outward purity. There seems to be a battle for the mind, the eyes, and the heart (Mt 5:8). What are some other verses relating to the battle for the eyes besides Job 31:1?
ESV - 1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?
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"The eyes are the window to the soul" Shakespeare. Colossians 1:15,16 - "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him ALL things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers." Matthew 13:13, " Therefore I speak to them In parables, because seeing they do not see..." Deuteronomy 29:2 -4, "Now Moses called Israel and said..'You have seen all the Lord did before your eyes in..Egypt.." 1 Samuel 4:15 - Eli was 98 his eyes were dim...sight problems affect all areas of your life. It is a daily battle. John chapter 9 relates the story of the man blind from birth. Jesus reveals that He is Light! Verse 16 the Pharasees say that this Man is not from God! They do not see Jesus. Verse 33, the blind man declares Jesus must be of God. Jesus had restored his sight! The Pharisees (vs.34) basically say to the man, how dare you teach us! Job 15:12, and 31:1, and Matthew 5:27 - 29, These verses speak about worldly lust. The lust of the eyes can carry you far away from God. Proverbs 6:12,13, "A worthless man, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth; He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers." Revelation 4:6, is similar to Ezekiel 10:1-20 The living creatures, full of eyes - see everywhere! A description of God! Matthew 26:41, "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation." Jesus had been led by the Spirit into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan. He showed Him kingdoms and their glory! Jesus said "It is written"...We must read and know what is written! In Genesis 3:10, Adam hid from God! Really! Did he seriously think God could not see Him? Abel's blood cried from the ground in Genesis 4:10. Blood cried! God knew just where Cain was! So it began! Do we honestly think we can not be seen by God? Hebrews11:3, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." It is with faith that we discern reality! We do not walk by sight! We understand that the INVISIBLE is the reality. We fight against powers that are invisible, rulers of darkness and against spiritual hosts of wickedness. 1Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written: 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.'"
I have to discipline my eyes. In Job 31:1, he said, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.” In order to remain pure, Job guarded his eyes against looking at a woman lustfully. This was his continual discipline. Some have called this “bouncing” one’s eyes. When seeing an attractive female, instead of cultivating lustful thoughts and intentions, a man quickly bounces his eyes to something else. When seeing seductive images on the TV or the Internet, instead of taking a second look, one bounces his eyes by turning the channel or closing the webpage. I remember one time recently on TV an attractive young woman came on during pre-Christmas celebrations in the U.S. She was dressed either as an elf or Santa in an extremely short skirt, doing a little dance, and singing. This is the type of thing that I am talking about. I must bounce my eyes off her and onto something or someone wholesome. "Remember Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to “learn” how to control their bodies in a way that is holy and honorable (1 Thess 4:4). The King James Version of the Bible puts it this way: "That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor." No doubt, 'bouncing' their eyes in a sexually charged culture was one of those disciplines." Greg Brown Consider Psalm 101:3. "I will set no wicked thing [worthless things] before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." This includes what we watch on television and on our computers and phones: movies, and tv shows. How many of the things we watch would fall under the category of what Psalm 101:3 would call “worthless things”? So many shows are either immoral, crude, ungodly, or just plain “worthless” — of no “value” of any kind whatsoever. --Shawn Thomas Take Matthew 5:28. "But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Whether male or female, most of us have struggled with, and may still struggle with the sin of lust. Lust is a hidden sin. Who can tell what is on our minds? Who knows our deep desires? We cannot judge each other in this, but God knows. --Pastor David B. Curtis Impurity begins in the eye (Matthew 5:28; Psalm 101:3; Proverbs 27:20; Matthew 6:22-23; Job 31:1).
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