The eyes are the window to the soul…
We’ve heard this all our lives. I know that it is true, as in many eyes, I’ve seen eternity dancing and in others I see a deadness that is startling. Yes, I know the eyes are the window to the soul.
God struck me with a thought the other day…
I was looking into the wonderfully deep blue oceans of Chris’ eyes. You see, when he looks at me…when we make eye contact, I feel safe…loved…peaceful…steady…I see all our 18 years in one split second. His eyes carry something that I never want to lose. I can see God inside of him through the windows of his eyes.
For some reason, this made me remember the deadness or detachment I have frequently seen in other’s eyes. In many who claim to be believers…and probably are…I have seen a shocking disconnect in their eyes. They are people who, when I speak deeply to them, they can’t seem to grasp it. This detachment tells a story of distrust and stubbornness. It’s very interesting. Still there are others whose eyes are cold. Dead looking, even. They are not saved, and you can see it in their eyes. They are the ones who send a chill down your spine when you make eye contact.
Yes, the eyes are the window to the soul.
In them I can see when people struggle with pornography, anger, insecurity, pride, vanity, and many other things…and I confess that when I see these negative things, my first response is to avoid them…or create distance between me and them. I don’t usually look into their eyes for long.
This is where God convicted me.
He said, “When you see disconnect, detachment, or other things in someone’s eyes…pray for them. Pray for them to know Me. Let it draw out the intercessor inside of you and be filled with compassion.”
Wow. That was not what I expected. Being blessed with a gift of discernment, I do often pray for many people, but there’s something about deadness in eyes that is hard for me. So, this will be a new practice.
How do you respond to those who need Jesus?
How do you respond to people when you can discern the ugliness inside of them?
Today is a great day to start a new pattern of being consumed with compassion for them and turn your heart toward prayers of salvation for them, instead of turning away. We are in a great harvest season, so it makes sense that our posture must begin to be much more focused on reaching the lost…and even praying for deliverance of believers who are stuck.
This is the harvest season.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:38-41
The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. Proverbs 30:17