February 3, 2010 by Stacy McDonald
Failing to guard the eyes by watching movies that are specifically designed to stir up lust, or that focus on the sensuality of the (many times airbrushed) actress (not your wife) or the physical passion of the actor (not your husband) are likely to violate the purity and oneness of marriage that should be fiercely guarded.
Not surprisingly, most of the more questionable movies seem to be viewed by Christian men, rather than women. Most of the women I know wish, to some degree, that their husbands were more conservative with their movie choices. I am convinced that to the degree that a man is committed to guarding his eyes and heart, and honoring Proverbs 5:18-19, his wife will respond with willing affection and intimacy.
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The following quote is taken from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Job 31:1, and should be a challenge to us all as we seek to honor the Lord, and the marriage bed:
Those that would keep their hearts pure must guard their eyes, which are both the outlets and inlets of uncleanness. Hence we read of wanton eyes (Isa. 3:16) and eyes full of adultery (2 Pet. 2:14). The first sin began in the eye, (Gen. 3:6). What we must not meddle with, we must not lust after; and what we must not lust after, we must not look at…Mat. 5:28.
Those are not chaste that are not so in spirit as well as body, 1 Co. 7:34. See how Christ’s exposition of the seventh commandment agrees with the ancient sense of it, and how much better Job understood it than the Pharisees…” –Matthew Henry