Matthew 6:22 – The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

According to a well-known saying, “the eye is the window of the soul”. When I speak with a person, I look them in the eyes. By doing this, it seems I make a better connection with them. As I listen to what they are saying, I am better able to respond when I communicate back with them. If the issues of honesty are involved, by looking a person in the eyes you have a better chance of discerning truth from untruth. In the counseling ministry, eye-to-eye contact is vital to imparting truths that can help set people free. In the deliverance ministry, eye-to-eye contact is vital to casting out demonic entities.

The physical eye, of course, is connected to the brain and affects the emotions and the will. Jesus goes on to say, “If your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness” (Matthew 6:23a). How can the eye be bad in the moral sense? When you put together the mind, emotions and will, you essentially have what the Bible speaks of as the “heart,” the innermost region of a person. The physical eye is controlled by what is found in the heart. When the heart chooses to take in darkness it causes the eye to become bad. When the heart is pure, it chooses to take in light and rejects the darkness.

Jesus goes on to say that, “If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matthew 6:23b). What is Jesus saying? The Bible declares that some will call good evil and evil good. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). There are those who know what is right and true, but still promote darkness in what they say. Many religious leaders in Jesus’ day knew what the scriptures taught, but still added to the Scriptures and put heavy burdens on the people. It is in the “mixture” of religion that light becomes a greater darkness.

Day by day, surrender your eyes to the Lord. Job said, “I have made a covenant with my eyes” (Job 31:1). Ask the Holy Spirit to protect your eyes and thus your soul from darkness and to fill you with light.