Sermon on What Can You See

 The Eyes of the Heart: Seeing Beyond the Surface


Let us reflect on the power of our eyes, not only as physical organs but also as windows to our souls. Our eyes have the ability to perceive the world around us and the condition of our hearts. Today, we will explore the various ways our eyes can be directed and how they shape our perspectives on life and relationships.

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1: Adulterous Eyes (2 Samuel 11:1-11, Matthew 5:27)

Adulterous eyes are consumed by lust and desire, leading to sinful actions and broken relationships. We must guard against the temptation to indulge in impure thoughts and actions, for they lead us away from God's plan for purity and righteousness.

2: Compassionate Eyes (1 Peter 3:8, Luke 10:30-35)

Compassionate eyes see beyond oneself and extend kindness and mercy to those in need. Like the Good Samaritan, we are called to show compassion and love to our neighbors, regardless of their background or circumstances.

3: Envious Eyes (1 Samuel 18:7-9, Proverbs 14:30, James 3:16)

Envious eyes are filled with jealousy and resentment towards others' success or blessings. Instead of rejoicing with others, envy robs us of joy and contentment. We must cultivate a heart of gratitude and celebrate the accomplishments of others.

4: Critical Eyes (Matthew 7:3-5, James 4:11-12)

Critical eyes are quick to judge and condemn others, focusing on their faults and shortcomings. Jesus reminds us to first examine ourselves before pointing out the speck in our brother's eye. Let us practice humility and grace in our interactions with others.

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5: Covetous Eyes (Acts 8:18-23, Ephesians 5:3, 1 Timothy 6:10)

Covetous eyes are consumed by greed and materialism, desiring what belongs to others. The love of money and possessions can lead us astray from God's path of righteousness. Instead, let us seek contentment and trust in God's provision.

6: Closed Eyes (Isaiah 13:14-17, 2 Peter 1:5-9)

Closed eyes are blind to the truth and the guidance of God's Word. We must be vigilant and alert, opening our hearts to receive God's wisdom and direction for our lives. May we not be led astray by ignorance or apathy.

7: Faithful Eyes (Hebrews 11:1,6,8-10, 12:1-2)

Faithful eyes see through the lens of faith, trusting in God's promises and walking in obedience to His will. Like the heroes of faith in Hebrews, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith.

8: Sympathetic Eyes (John 11:32-35, 1 Corinthians 12:26, Matthew 23:37)

Sympathetic eyes weep with those who weep and share in the joys and sorrows of others. Let us be empathetic and compassionate towards one another, reflecting the love of Christ in our relationships.

9: Hopeful Eyes (Romans 8:18-25, Philippians 3:20-21)

Hopeful eyes look beyond the present circumstances and fix their gaze on the eternal promises of God. In the midst of trials and tribulations, let us anchor our hope in the glory that awaits us in Christ Jesus.

10: Open Eyes (Acts 17:10-12)

Open eyes are receptive to God's truth and eager to learn and grow in faith. Like the Bereans, let us search the Scriptures diligently and be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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As we reflect on the various ways our eyes can be directed, may we ask ourselves: What do we see when we look at the world around us? Let us pray for eyes that are filled with compassion, faith, and hope, guiding us to live lives that honor and glorify God. May our eyes be opened to His truth and His will, that we may walk in obedience and love all the days of our lives.

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