What Catches Your Eye? Matthew 5:27-29, Psalm 63:1-2

I was looking through some of the pictures I have taken with my phone, and I noticed I have taken several pictures of flowers.  If you follow me on Instagram, you have noticed that I either have pictures of my kids or flowers.

I believe I get this obsession naturally because my dad is the same way.  I remember when my dad and I were traveling through the Appalachian Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and he saw this beautiful and unique flower on the side of the road.   He decided the next he saw this flower, he would stop and take a picture of it.  He saw and began to pull over.  He forgot that it had rained the night before, and as he pulled off the road the truck slid right into a tree stump.  No one was hurt, and the truck had no damage.  The tree stump actually kept us from sliding off the mountain.  It was an ordeal getting the truck towed for various reasons, but we got out and were able to enjoy the rest of our trip.

Sometimes having wandering eyes can get you in trouble.  When it comes to lust it can be a world of hurt.  This is a tough subject to discuss, but it needs to be discussed because it is one of the biggest problems plaguing God’s people today.  I have heard people say, “It is okay to look, but not touch.”  Nothing could be farther from the truth, and Jesus agrees with me on this one.   In the Sermon on the Mount He said,

You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  Matthew 5:27-29 NLT

According to Jesus, looking is just as bad as touching.  It is not coincidence that in the next section of this passage Jesus discusses divorce.  Pornography is a form of evil that destroys marriages and families.  Many think it is okay because no other people are involved, and there is not touching.  Have you considered the people in the images?  Often they are being exploited, mistreated, and have been tricked into living a life of sin.  Since people are consuming pornography, there is a need for it, and as long as there is a need, others will be exploited to fulfill this need.

If we fall into the trap of pornography, not only are we destroying our own lives and our families, but we are also destroying the lives of those who have been deceived into an industry of exploitation and self destruction.

As followers of Jesus we need to keep our hearts in the right place and keep our focus on Him.

 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.  I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.  Psalm 63:1-2 NLT

Here is a blog post I did on my other site about this issue a while ago.  http://joebeef.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/why-the-church-needs-to-talk-more-about-s-e-x/

Enjoy this pictures that are safe to look at.


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