One of the Seven Deadly Sins is lust. A friend emailed me the following story the other day, which I think illustrates some of the negative side effects of lust:
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning, while she and her husband are eating breakfast, the young woman observes her neighbor hanging the wash outside on a clothesline.
“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. ”She doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every day when her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
One month later, the wife was surprised to see the wash that hung on the line nice and clean. She said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her.”
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
So it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look!
I would add that when one views the world through lustful eyes, he will see impurity in a lot of places where it is not present. The problem is the lens of his eyes are unclean.