Summary: Watch your eyes and heart with great diligence. Guard your eyes lest they ensnare your heart. Look to your hearts, lest they be ensnared by your eyes. Where the eye is full of adultery, the heart is full of it too.
WHEN OUR HEART WALK AFTER OUR EYES
" If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot has cleaved to mine hands;" (JOB 31:7)
Can the heart walk after the eyes? OR Can the eye misled the heart? That's the question that comes across your mind, when you see this topic. The heart should be in charge, not the eyes. Why the other way round?
The Father of all Lights (James 1:17) will enlighten our hearts and give us more understanding.
THE EYE GATE
We take in all the beauty of God’s creation through the eye gate. From the mountains to the oceans, the stars to the shining sun. Our amazing God is revealed to us by what we see all around us in His amazing creation. The eyes are also the gate through which we can read the words of God. Therefore, the eyes are of great importance.
It is also the primary gate that Satan uses to transmit his lies and deceptions. The “lust of the eyes” is one of the three categories of sins that have been controlling us ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Shari Abbott, "Reasons for Hope Jesus").
It is an inlet to sin, especially to the sin of uncleanness. Lust enters at that window. The eye feeds greedily upon wanton objects, and there the fire usually begins to kindle which inflames first and at last consumes the whole man. King Solomon counsels, "do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup" (Proverbs 23:31).
When our eyes are ensnared and caught by any unlawful object, it is being transferred to our heart for final approval. The heart follows the eyes when we do what is before us , either right or wrong, just or unjust.
The eye misled our heart, when we see a beautiful creature of God and adore it to sin against God; when we see a beautiful lady and couldn't see the glory of God in her beauty rather we lust after her. If we are not very careful to watch over and keep our hearts, our eyes will seduce and master them. The looks and casts of the eye strike fire upon the heart, and that like tinder is quickly set on fire. The eye is no sooner affected, but the heart is inflamed , and then presently sin is perfected, unless grace of God comes to our rescue.
The eye is an importunate suitor to the heart. It is our duty to know when we ought to give way to, and when to deny that which the eye sues for.
DOES THE EYE HAVE CONTROL OVER THE HEART?
The heart controls the major functions of the body and our body systems report there. Also, Sin is originally in the heart, it dwells there , it is rooted there (Romans 7:17) but the eye allures the heart and occasions it into sin. What the eye sees, stirs the heart to sin.
The seed of all sin is in the heart, but it lies there until the the sight of the eye, or the hearing of the ear draws it out. This object stirs up wantonness, covetousness, revenge and other sinful acts. If the heart were not vain, what the eye sees would not engage us after vanity.
1. Christ was tempted by the eye, the Devil took him up and showed him" one view of all the glory of the world" but because the prince of this world found nothing in Him, the sight of all this world could do nothing upon him; Jesus' heart did not walk after His eyes to sin, because His heart was altogether clean from sin.
"Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew 4:9-10)
2. The Devil ensnared eve's heart, else her heart had not followed her eye, nor given her leave to taste that tree.
"And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:6)
So then sin is originally in the heart, but occasionally from the eye; if there were no sin in the heart, there would be no hurt taken at the eye; but the heart being sinful, every vain sight of the eye endangers it to sin, by awakening those lusts which lie close and are as it were dormant there.