Purity of Heart
GOD WANTS YOU TO BE MASTER OF WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO LOOK AT.
Our sight is an incredible gift from God. The Gospel invites us to practice custody of the eyes, which simply means having the self-control to decide what we allow ourselves to look at.
In our hypersexual culture we are constantly being visually harassed by sexual images. This makes maintaining custody of the eyes a constant struggle. Some things we look at help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves, and others don’t. Having custody of the eyes means exercising self-control to not look at the things that don’t help us become the-best-version-of-ourselves.
Sometimes it all depends on the way you look at something. If a bunch of guys are standing around and they notice a beautiful woman walking by, it is one thing to acknowledge her beauty as a gift from God. It is something else entirely if they turn around and follow her with their eyes and let their imaginations run wild.
Images are powerful. You cannot unsee things. Edit what you look at. Custody of the eyes is a sure path to spiritual growth.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 14 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
If you learn to control what you look at, how deep will the peace within you be?
Schedule time to go to a place where what you see elevates your soul. You could visit a beautiful church, walk through a park, or tour an art museum.
Jesus, purify my heart, purify my mind, purify my body, and purify my soul.