Dr. K.F., was a tall, middle aged, friendly dentist. He was especially kind to his women
patients. Therefore many of them were attracted to him. And he enjoyed the attention.
However, he was also married and had four children. At the same time, he professed to be
a Christian. Yet, at home, in secret, he spent his spare time with reading dirty magazines
and books and watching pornographic videos.
Now, he didn't look at the worst kind, but
the ones he was enjoying were bad enough to have a great impact on his personality. Thus,
eventually, even his looks gave the impression of a sly, flirtatious, mixed up person
while his conversation was always concentrating on the topics he read about and saw at
home. In addition, he slowly gave up his daily Bible reading and prayer time and became
disinterested in their church. Although he continued to attend in order to get his wife off
Then, one day he fell. He cheated on his wife. She found out about it and became very sad
but determined as well. Therefore, she clearly told him that he has to give up his mistress,
flirtation, reading material and videos immediately; or move out of the house, in other
words, give up his family. For, she was not going to live with an adulterous man nor
expose their children to his bad, sinful influences.
Dr. K.F., took her request to heart. He
broke up with his mistress, and threw out his pornographic magazines, books, and videos.
At the same time, he truly repented of his sin; pleaded for the forgiveness of his wife and
children; and totally yielded himself to the Lord. Next, he took his family for a long
overdue overseas vacation and afterwards returned to his home-church as a new person.
The people were glad to see them back and were surprised how well he looked.
happened to you?" They asked. "You look much better then before your vacation. You
seem younger, your face seems so peaceful, and your eyes seem so clear! It looks like this
trip was real good for you." They said.
Of course, the church-members didn't know what kind of problems he had before the
vacation. They only noticed that he changed. However, his wife knew what happened and
was convinced that his countenance or looks changed because he gave up his tempting
reading materials and videos and his sin.
Jesus said (Luke 11:34 NIV):
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your
whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body
also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is
These verses seem to indicate also that Dr. K.F.'s looks must have cleared up because he
gave up his sins. The same can happen to us too. Namely, that what's inside us may
become visible on our face. Why? Because our eyes have an influence on our desires,
actions and spirit and are outwardly reflecting all that is going on within us.
"Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of a man." We read
in Proverbs 27:20 (NIV).
For, when we are interested in someone or something, the first
step is to look at the person or thing casually. But if we really enjoyed what we saw, we
look back again, and again, and again. Then, if we don't stop; the sight may turn into
temptation and the temptation into sin.
King David's fall seems to prove that. One day he went up to the roof and saw Betseba,
Uriah's wife. Then instead of turning away or keeping himself busy with other things,
he called her over and committed adultery with her.
Afterwards, God seriously
chastised him, his family and even his people. Only because his eyes caused him to be
tempted and sin. (2 Samuel chapters 11,12.)
The same can happen to us too
if we don't turn away our eyes before we may be tempted. Like David: we too may fall
into the trap of sin and suffer chastisement. For, to this day Galatians 6:7 (NIV) holds true.
"A man reaps what he sows."
And he may not reap alone. Everyone
around him/her may suffer also.
The Old Testament Job must have known this. That is why he decided, to watch his eyes
"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl." (Job 31:1
He didn't allow his eyes to roam. He avoided temptation. He was a wise man. But
am I, and are you as wise and careful also?
In 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) we find the following advice:
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the
world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the
world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the
boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but
from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man
who does the will of God lives forever.
Evidently, our eyes play a very important role in our body because they are connected with
our heart, and emotions, from which our actions originate. Looking, desiring, acting and
reaping the spiritual impact; that is the order. This is what happened to Dr. K.F., and
King David. First, they repeatedly looked into the wrong direction; next, they developed
a desired for the wrong person; then they sinned; and finally they tried to hide their sin.
Of course, the same order holds true if we use our eyes to look at Godly, blessed, Biblical
examples, or things also.
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our
faith... so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Recommends Hebrews 12: 2-3
(NIV). Why? Because if we continuously and decidedly keep looking at Jesus, then we
will develop a desire to be more like him. and eventually our desire will turn into action,
our spirit will be renewed, and we will be able to lead a victorious Christ-like life.
Job's and Dr. K.F.'s example indicate that it is our responsibility to guide our eyes. If
with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are willing to avoid looking at, or looking back at
tempting persons or things; instead continuously look at Jesus; then our looks will lead
to Christ-like desires, actions and abundant blessings for ourselves and our surroundings.
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
the author and perfecter of our
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Do you, and do I really want that?
It is possible! Let us follow Job's example and use
our eyes to glorify our Lord's name.