The Third Commandment
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”
Question: How can we improve our obedience to the Third Commandment?
Answer: We must develop a lovely quality called sincerity. Being sincere means to be truthful, straightforward, and without pretence or hypocrisy, as well as being the same in actual
character as in outward appearance. Why is this quality so important? Because it brings
success! Mary Baker Eddy makes this clear:
“Sincerity is more successful than genius or talent.” (’00 9)
“Our thoughts beget our actions; they make us what we are . . . A deep sincerity is sure of success, for God takes care of it.” (My. 203)
“Truth comes from a deep sincerity that must always characterize heroic hearts; it is the better side of man’s nature developing itself.” (‘01 1)
“Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed
every statement, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.” (S&H 462)
One of the names of God is Truth. When we are sincere, we are expressing Truth in one of the best ways we can. If we really love Truth, God, we will love being truthful.
Practice: Think of ways you can express Truth in your daily life.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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