The Third Commandment – Q&A #8

The Third Commandment
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”

Question: Would obeying the Third Commandment help you to heal?

Answer: Yes. In fact, practicing obedience to all the Ten Commandments helps us develop the moral muscle, or fiber, that are the foundation for spiritual growth. Obeying the Third Commandment, in particular, would help us to learn to be honest and sincere in our approach
to expressing God in our life. We don’t want to pretend we’re something, or someone, we’re not. If we did, we could not heal. Mary Baker Eddy gives a wonderful description of the kind of person who is living in obedience to both the Third Commandment and God’s law of Love:

“The upright man is guided by a fixed Principle, which destines him to do nothing but what is
honorable, and to abhor whatever is base or unworthy; hence we find him ever the same, — at all times the trusty friend, the affectionate relative, the conscientious man of business, the pious worker, the public-spirited citizen . . . He assumes no borrowed appearance. He seeks no mask to cover him, for he acts no studied part; but he is indeed what he appears to be, — full of truth, candor, and humanity. In all his pursuits, he knows no path but the fair, open, and direct one, and would much rather fail of success than attain it by reproachable means. He never shows us a smiling countenance while he meditates evil against us in his heart. We shall never find one part of his character at variance with another.”  (Mis. 147)

Practice: That description of the “upright man” is a lot to live up to. Maybe you can start today by being a trusty friend to someone who needs one.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
Copyright 2001)

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