Marcus Tullius Cicero is credited to the old English proverb, “Eyes are the window to the soul.” Although no one can be certain that it originated with this Roman Philosopher, we also see this principle in the Bible. Matthew 6:22-23 states, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
We know that all Scripture is breathed out by God and good for teaching and training in righteousness; I say this because the aforementioned passage in Matthew is not to just be skimmed over lightly. God is clearly speaking through Matthew and sharing with us two things. First he is saying that if we wanna be filled with light, then we must monitor what our eyes are feasting on. Second, he is warning us that if we are not cautious and conscientious of what we are permitting our eyes to be fixed on, then we will be filled with darkness. Matthew 5:28 says that by looking at someone alone you are capable of committing adultery.
Psalm 101:3 says that “I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless, I hate the work of those who fall; it shall not cling to me.” So this passage starts off speaking to not setting worthless things before your eyes and ends with saying that those that do, fall away. There is a Biblical pattern of reckless looking, leading to reckless living, and then eventually a path that only leads to death.
So I bring this up because I am a walking testimony to the power of a guarded eye vs an unguarded one. I used to not pay attention to what I watched and I also had a lot of foolish thoughts and talk. Proverbs 27:20 says “… the eyes are never satisfied.” If our eyes go unrestrained so will our appetite for greed, lust, gluttony and other behaviors that does not bring glory to God.
I encourage you Brothers and Sisters to guard what comes into your eyes with ferocity! Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me you heart and let your eyes delight in my way.” Ask God to help you honor him with your eyes and witness the positive correlation between your talk and your thoughts. It is incredible the difference that it makes in your everyday life. I can honestly say from the past 3 years of me intentionally guarding my eyes, the tremendous amount of light that has pushed out the darkness that used to be there, from my humor to the motives in my heart when I am talking, doing, or thinking about something. “Test me in this and see if the Lord God Almighty” will not enlighten the eyes of your heart to see more clearly and a renewed mind that thinks more succinctly (Malachi 3:10).
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law. Understand that by keeping a personal law of guarding your eyes, will give birth to light shining in every place you walk into. In light there is joy, peace, revelation, and no confusion.