Matthew 5:29 NLT
So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
In view of Christ’s warning about not allowing a lustful eye to send one to hell (in which He used the illustration of gouging out your own eye!), how seriously should His followers root out all pornographic content from their lives, families, and churches?
In what areas do I struggle most with my eyes - what I read, what I watch, who I stare at, and/or some other area? How consistently do I practice immediately “bouncing” my eyes away from images or people I see that provoke lust? What advice would I give younger believers in this sexually aggressive culture?
Knowing how the eye is a window of much temptation, how might I publicly present myself as a Christian in a way that is neither culturally-unreasonable nor unloving/provocative toward others? Who can I trust to give me honest and reasonable feedback on the way I publicly present myself? Should my outward appearance reflect the inward reality of “Christ in me”? How so?