THE LUST OF THE EYES

“For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.”      1 John 2:16 NIV

 

The eyes have to do with seeing and wanting to have what one sees. Again, there is nothing wrong with desiring what we see. Seeing and desiring is normal. It becomes wrong when we see and desire what is strictly forbidden by God. What are the sins of the eyes? There is the lust of the eyes for sex – Matthew 5:28, “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (NIV) There is the lust of the eyes for all kinds of evil – Matthew 6:23, “But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (NIV). There is the lust of the eyes after the things of other people – Luke 12:15, “Then he said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions’.” (NIV). It also refers to the desires that stem from false, superficial values. Through our eyes, the world appeals to us to find satisfaction in the superficial which can never satisfy us. “Buy this bigger, newer home and you will be happy”! “Find a beautiful woman or a handsome man and you will be satisfied”. “Get the perfect job and have plenty of money and your inner longings will be quenched”. As is evident from the lives of the rich and famous, none of these things deliver what they promise.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, I choose to keep my eyes on You, the Lord of all Life.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Through our eyes, the world appeals to us to find satisfaction in the superficial which never can satisfy. But, You, Lord Jesus, are the Bread of life and the fountain of Living water; only You can satisfy our needs. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 19:16-26

 

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