What Catches Your Eye?


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.

  1. Memorize Bible verses that help you avoid sin. (Ps 119:11)
  2. Bring your eyes under the control of your will to not sin. (Job 31:1)
  3. 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?

3 thoughts on “What Catches Your Eye?

  1. What catches my eye…is it sin? If my eye sees something that caused me to lust after it to the point of desire beyond control, yes that is sin. If I see the creation of God’s creatures in the context of what God intended, then no it is not sin. The point I find in this is it outside of God’s will? Satan puts stumbling blocks in our path constantly. It is our approach, reaction, heart felt desires that turn these stubmling blocks into sin.

    Turning from sin is a big task when lust is used as the stumbling block. It is by far the most widely used form of advertising on the Internet. To become so cold as to not notice is not what God intended either. Turn from sin or the sight of things that will lead to sin if you do not turn away. Once the image has been viewed the only way I have found to get the image beyond my thought process is to change my thoughts to a scirpture verse and dwell on it. I don’t have one that works every time, I just do my best to find the verse that works.

    Your heart is in a relationship with God. That relationship is only as strong as your commitment to turn from worldly lusts and maintain a focus on that relationship. Seek first the kingdom of God.

    • Good point Robert. If I understand correctly, it is not sin to see something. It only becomes sin when it turns into strong desire (lust).

      Another friend once said, “You can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from nesting in your hair.” 🙂

      • Yes, Chuck! I was thinking about the verse in 1 Corinthians 8 about eating food that caused others to sin and not eating as to offend your brother. The eye catches the image then our thought is applied to the content that produces action in our being. If our thought is focused in Christ, our actions will be pure. If our thought is focused on worldly lust, then our actions will be to sin. Our earthly nature is to take the path of sin. Our Holy Spirit filled temple grants us the path of purity. We can not control what others present in front of us. We can control our thoughts and our actions as sons of the Most High.