“Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
The first time I went to the Philippines was the first time I had ever been overseas. What I saw while I was there was a life-changing event for this preacher. I had never quite understood how people lived so differently in other countries, and I never grasped how blessed I was to live in my country; mine eye affected my heart. I also had the opportunity to go and preach in England for a good friend of mine. While I was there, he took me to see the crown jewels, and my mindset concerning the Scriptures was forever changed because for the first time I understood why the LORD used crowns and jewels in the Scriptures to motivate Christians to serve Him; mine eye affected my heart.
What the eye sees always affects the heart. When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion; His eyes affected His heart. When God opened the doors to show the wickedness of Israel, Ezekiel was forever changed because his eyes affected his heart. When God allowed John to see the blessedness of Heaven, it moved him to say, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Seeing Heaven in all its grandeur affected his heart. When Job finally saw the LORD, he finally saw his wickedness and the holiness of the LORD which moved him to repent; his eyes affected his heart.
These are just a few instances in the Scriptures that reveal how what you see does affect your heart and what you do. We often put too little emphasis on getting people to change their ways and actions by changing what they view. Your eyes are the key to what you do and don’t do for the LORD because your eyes always affect your heart. A valuable lesson should be learned from this thought.
Your heart can’t help but react to what your eyes have seen. This can be looked at in two ways. First, your eyes are going to react adversely to sin when your eyes see it. You can’t allow your eyes to see things continually that you should not see and it not affect your heart. For instance, you can’t read books by people who are not scripturally right and it not affect your heart. Anytime a person strays from the old paths, you can be guaranteed that they have been reading material from the wrong crowd. Your eyes affect your heart, and no matter how hard you try not to let the false or erroneous material affect you, it is going to affect you because your eyes affect your heart.
Moreover, you can allow your eyes to change a coldness in your heart by getting among the multitudes to see their needs. It is not hard to get yourself to do right if you will see what wickedness does to people, and see their need for a Saviour. Your eyes can affect your heart positively if you allow yourself to see things through the eyes of God.
My friend, no matter how you look at this, your issues in life are all determined by what you allow your eyes to see. If you want to keep your life from sin and stay focused on what the LORD would have you do, you need to guard what you allow your eyes to see. My question for you is this, what have you been looking at lately? You can be assured that what you are looking at is what you will become because your eyes affect your heart. If you need to change your heart, you need to change what you see. The key to keeping the heart right is to keep looking at the Saviour because your eyes affect your heart.