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Guarding Our Eyes (12 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
January 25, 2006
INTRODUCTION: This evening we'll pick up our study of the Lord's Sermon on the Mount. Last week we read (vv. 21-26), dealing with unjustified anger against a brother. Jesus said, "Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment."
Tonight we want to consider the importance of guarding our eyes--being careful about what we look at and how we process what we see. The writer of Proverbs gives some good advice: Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee (Proverbs 4:25). Unfortunately, he didn't take his own advice. Solomon was the writer of Proverbs, and as we know, it was his own eyes that caused his downfall.
Let me have you consider three things this evening:
Some will say, "Well, there's nothing wrong with a look, so long as you don't take the next step." That's only partly correct. Certainly, when the look leads to an act, as it did with Solomon, and as it did with David, and Samson, and with many others, there is no question about it being wrong. But what if it's just a look and it goes no further than that?
Jesus said, "Whoso looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart."
You mean to tell me that a man can be guilty of adultery just by looking? That's what Jesus said. The key to understanding it is in the first part of the verse. When a man "looks on a woman to lust..." When it's gone that far, it is an act already committed in the heart--just as if it had taken place.
QUOTE: James Dobson said; "Guarding our eyes goes a long way in protecting the integrity of our hearts."
A. A tempting look
1. Keep in mind, the devil is always out to defeat the Christian, and anything he can do to achieve that he is ...
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