**Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. ** Proverbs 4:25
For the Lord up above is looking down with love…..
This Sunday School song reminds us of the need to be careful of what our eyes see. Television, movies, video games, and books are usually mentioned as advice as to how to use our eyes wisely and in a way that pleases the Lord.
But today, let’s talk about a different way we use our eyes. Let’s talk about how we see people.
Romans 2 reminds us to be careful to not judge others. That it may be that we are guilty ourselves of what we judge others for.
Sin is sin and God hates it. But even more than what we watch on television, the Lord hates a judgmental, or condemning or superior glean to our eyes. James warns us to not be hypocritical. He warns us to not declare ourselves as followers of Christ and then decide who deserves our attention and help.
Sometimes the problem lies in our experience in dealing with people. Having too many negative interactions with others can make us cold and calculating. These bad experiences can make us filter people through the hurts from the past. This filtering can grow into seeing people as problems instead of as children of God.
As human beings, it is impossible to deny our emotions and natural reactions to hurt or betrayal. But as Christians, we have the power through the Holy Spirit of God to rise above our natural state. We also have the Lord’s example of mercy.
Lamentations 3 tells us ** yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. ** The Lord’s mercy is not in small quantity. It is abundant, plentiful, overflowing.
** Let thine eyes look right on…** The Lord tells us that although we are in short supply of mercy, He is not. There is plenty to go around. All we have to do is tap into it.
** Let thine eyelids look straight before thee **…. When facing the human race in our daily interactions, if we keep our eyes deadlocked on the source of all mercy, our judgment thoughts and our frustrations will dissipate in a beautiful fresh supply of the Lord’s Spirit.
Be careful little eyes what you see…..the faults of others or the mercy of the Lord?
** Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…**
** But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, **
God’s love and mercy is poured out on us every hour of every day. We receive it so we can pass it on to others.
Be careful little eyes…..