The Fifth Commandment
“Honour thy father and thy mother”
Question: Why is being obedient to our parents so important? Can’t we just be obedient to what God tells us to do?
Answer: We first have to learn how to be obedient to our parents and to others in authority, before we can rely upon ourselves to be consistently obedient to God. Mary Baker Eddy offers this advice:
“The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease.” (S&H 62)
We also must willingly obey the commandments already given to us in the Bible, and learn the blessings they bring:
“Jesus said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ He knew that obedience is the test of love; that one gladly obeys when obedience gives him happiness.” (’02 17)
We can also learn to listen for God’s angel messages. Because of our practice obeying our
parents and the laws of the Bible, we are prepared for a spiritual journey in which our Father-Mother God speaks directly to us and guides us.
“God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.” (Mis. 117)
Practice: When asked to do something today, say cheerfully: “No problem.” If this is a new
attitude for you, watch for your parent’s shocked reaction!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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