Memory is incredible and we are given to understand that everything we have seen, heard or done lies buried in its depths. This is the age of the ‘eye-gate’; we have access, as never before, to all kinds of images and information via our screens. At first it was just the cinema screens and then the TV screens, now we have screens on our laptops, our tablets and our mobile phones, all pouring out pictures and sounds.
Have you noticed how watching certain types of films or TV shows can begin to anaesthetise you to violence, smut, bad language, horror, overt sexuality, and so on? The fact is that we cannot ‘tune out the bad bits’ however much we try to ignore them. I was startled and shocked one day when I found myself watching/listening to something I would have switched off just a few months earlier. “What’s happening to me?” I cried, as I pounced on the remote and flicked off the screen; I was being anaesthetised!
Yahshua died that my sins might be forgiven, that my life might be cleansed and that my heart might be sanctified. Purity of heart is the birthright of believers and a cherished priority for me; I want to be a part of nothing that disturbs it. Of course there are many things in life that do affect my inner peace, but I certainly don’t need to drip-feed my heart [and mind] with the dark, the smutty, the violent, or the disturbing.
Think it doesn’t matter? Heard any Hebrew lately?
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters...
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