The First Commandment
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me”
Question: How can we grow in our understanding of the First Commandment?
Answer: Practice each new lesson, and then use what you know. That is how we improve in any new skill, whether it is sports or music or mathematics. Do a little each day to practice thinking along the lines you have been learning with regard to the Ten Commandments. Use these new ideas in your daily life. This will improve your ability to think in this new language of Spirit. Here are some further ideas from Mrs. Eddy:
“Jesus urged the commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” which may be rendered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one life, — even God, good.” (S&H 19-20)
“The prominent laws which forward birth in the divine order of Science, are these: ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me;’ ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself.’ These commands of infinite wisdom, translated into the new tongue, their spiritual meaning, signify: Thou shalt love Spirit only, not its opposite, in every God-quality, even in substance; thou shalt recognize thyself as God’s spiritual child only, and the true man and true woman, the all-harmonious ‘male and female,’ as of spiritual origin, God’s reflection, — thus as children of one common Parent, — wherein and whereby Father, Mother, and child are the divine Principle and divine idea, even the divine ‘Us’ — one in good, and good in One.” (Mis. 18)
Practice: Find an idea above that is new to you, and try practicing it today. If you can, work on one new idea each day.
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commanments” Copyright 2001)
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