Matt 6:22-23 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”
The eye has been called ‘the window of the soul’. If the window is clean, clear, and undistorted, light passing through it will be unchanged. But if the window is dirty or distorted, the light passing through is affected by those conditions. What Jesus is teaching is that the light that gets into a man’s heart depends on the condition of the spiritual eye through which it passes.
What makes a good spiritual eye? First, the eye must be honest. Prejudice distorts vision, makes us blind to the facts, and prevents clear, logical, unbiased decisions. Jealousy can color our vision too. It distorts words and actions so that even innocent things seem suspicious. Conceit can also cloud the vision. It keeps us from seeing ourselves as we really are and others as they truly are. Rom 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.”
Second, the eye must be generous. The Greek word for “good” used in this passage is ‘haplous’ which means generous or liberally. Jesus is teaching that we are to be generous in our judgments of others. We are to seek the best in people, not expect the worst. We are to be generous in judging the motives of others. To presume to know the motives is to make oneself God – only He knows men’s hearts. 1 Cor 4:5 One whose eye is bad has a hard time living happily in this world. They are always envying another’s success, begrudging another’s happiness, and closing their hearts to other’s needs. There grows in them a root of bitterness and resentment that robs them of happiness, joy, and contentment. A person with bad eyes is always suspicious and wary of love. But worst of all, the person whose eye is bad cannot fellowship God , for God is the embodiment of love, forgiveness, and generosity. We cannot live in harmony with God if we have no fellowship with people. (1 Pet 1:22, John 13: 34-35)
Is your eye clear, pure, and undefiled? Is your heart filled with love for God and for those made in His image? Or is it darkened by suspicion, selfishness, and resentment? Do you need to come to the Great Physician and have your sight corrected ?