The Seventh Commandment
“Thou shalt not commit adultery”
Question: What are “morals,” and what do they have to do with the Seventh Commandment?
Answer: Morals are the beliefs that a person has about what is right and what is wrong. A “moral person” is one who is good and honest in his or her behavior. Our goal is to have good morals, and to behave in a moral way. Someone who often breaks the commandments, including the Seventh Commandment, might be called “immoral.”
Mary Baker Eddy considered Moses a symbol of moral courage. As you may know, he received the Ten Commandments from God and gave them to us. All the commandments provide us with moral guidance. They make us strong and pure.
“Moral conditions will be found always harmonious and health-giving.” (S&H 125)
“Beloved children, the world has need of you, — and more as children than as men and women; it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and
to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind.” (Mis. 110)
Practice: Do you see in that last citation that our actions, rather than the words we say,
help to make good morals for mankind? Today, watch for opportunities to be honest and unselfish, and to keep your thoughts pure and good.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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