I spend a lot of time online. Perhaps you do too? Do some of the things that appear on your computer monitor ever make you uncomfortable? It certainly happens to me.
Is it sin if an inappropriate image appears on your screen? If not, what if you allow your eyes to linger for a moment . . . or longer?
How do you avoid sin? (That is what we’re supposed to do, isn’t it?) The psalmist wrote, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Ps 119:11
Job’s friends accused him of sin, including the sin of saying he had not sinned. A small part of his defense says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” Job 31:1 Can you say the same? Have you taken control of your eyes?
John offers some excellent advice. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 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. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
Do your eyes stray? You need help. Try this three-step plan.
- Memorize Bible verses that help you avoid sin. (Ps 119:11)
- Bring your eyes under the control of your will to not sin. (Job 31:1)
- Redirect your desires toward God and doing His will. (1 John 2:15-17)
Finally, I go the extra step. My daily prayer, taken from God’s own word, is “Turn my eyes away from worthless things.” Ps 119:37a What would you add?