How often do you see men depicted in contemporary media who successfully resist when tempted sexually? Examples are rare, but I’ll bet most of us can think of at least a few.
Now what about depictions of men turning away from an opportunity to lust?
Examples are nearly non-existent.
The man always turns to see what he’s not invited to, to steal a glance, to take a peek, even to let his eyes linger.
One of my favorite shows growing up had a lead character who fumbled all over himself when encountering an attractive woman. He shared an apartment with two women he ogled every chance he got, and they’re reactions suggested they thought what he was doing was natural, comical, even boyishly innocent.
I grew up drinking all this in, unaware of the lies embedded there. Or what they were doing to me.
Today, the idea that lust is natural, comical, or innocent is even more prevalent. It hangs in the air like the smell of a dump. And we’re all so used to it, we hardly notice it anymore.
Lust is just what men, even Christ-followers, do. They can’t help themselves.
This is a lie, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it comes straight from the pit of hell. It degrades men and women alike. Animals can’t help themselves. Men were made for something more.
Jesus, the man, was tempted to lust and had every opportunity. He never did. He only ever loved with His eyes.
He is our older brother, our hero to emulate. And what’s more, as we reach forward to be like Him, He reaches back to make us so.
On the cross, He became lust that his younger siblings could become the righteousness of God in Him.
Renounce in Jesus’ name the lie you’ve believed about yourself and lust.
God did not create your eyes to lust, to take, to trespass someone else’s privacy, to treat another human being as a something for you to use.
He created your eyes to love. He created your eyes, in fact, to love like no other part of you can.
Ask a few people close to you to tell you about a time when a man’s eyes conveyed love to them and see what they say. See how your heart stirs as you listen.
Woe to a world whose men have eyes grown dull with lust, eyes that can no longer see with love.
Jesus designed his sons and daughters for something far better.
Can you think of a time when a man’s eyes conveyed love to you? Leave a comment below.