Sunday, May 9, 2010

P4E.142 The Best Safety Device is a Careful Man - Part 6

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A safe man is careful with: His eyes...(cont'd)

The old saying goes, "The eyes are the window to the soul." This is mostly interpreted to mean that one may look into another's eyes and tell what sort of soul resides within. I have been terrified by the idea that what I lay my eyes on comes through them, like a window, and has the potential to sear my soul.

When I use the word 'sear,' I mean 'to painfully and injuriously burn or scorch. To harden, and make callous and unfeeling, to wither, to mark or brand (leaving a scar).' This is what happens to our spirits when we allow certain images to enter our souls through our eyes.

To be blunt, I'm specifically talking about pornography, which the Internet has made so readily available. Our flesh may be satisfied by seeing these images, but the spiritual cost is too great. These images leave ugly, searing scars that are almost impossible to erase from our memory banks or our spirits. They change our thinking so that we view others as 'objects' rather than spirits. I wonder if Jesus could have fashioned his interpretation of the seventh commandment "...everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart," having foreseen the reality of Internet pornography?

We cannot be 'safe' to those close to us (including God) if we are engaging in activities that harden us, that scar our spirits and leave us callous and unfeeling.

Here's another terrifying thought. Have you ever heard of "women's intuition?" Wives are able to sense the vacant looks, the disconnectedness, the impatience, the insensitivity and are able to put two and two together. Women are not stupid. They are not easily fooled. They know. Your wife knows. She may not understand or be able to put her finger on just why she does not feel safe, but she knows there's something. But, she'll find it. She will.

Be safe, Kim
"...the lust of the not from the Father, but is from the world." (I John 2:16)

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