Friday, June 22, 2012

The eyes believe themselves; the ears believe other people

We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.  - The Talmud

(Gospel Text Mt 6:19-23)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

"The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."

Are your eyes good?

Where our treasures are, there are our hearts (Mt 6:21). Moreover, what our eyes look at will probably become our treasures. Advertisers know this. Their commercials project images designed to capture our hearts and manipulate us into buying their products. They're not paying millions of dollars for programs and commercials that won't affect us and sadly they do effect our culture greatly!

When you stop to think about it, eyes have an extreme effect on our values and lifestyle. Jesus said: "If your eyes are good, your body will be filled with light; if your eyes are bad, your body will be in darkness. And if your light is darkness, how deep will the darkness be!" (Mt 6:22-23)

The Lord set our eyes into our heads to protect them. He also gave us eyelids and eyebrows for more protection. Just as He gives our eyes special protection physically, the Lord wants to protect our eyes spiritually.

Good eyes are selective!

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