The Eighth Commandment – For Young Children

The Eighth Commandment
“Thou shalt not steal.”

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT – “Thou shalt not steal”

means

that we should not take something that does not belong to us when we do not have
permission to do so. We do not take things secretly or by tricking others. We do not
steal by charm or sweet talk. We must learn that stealing from others is always wrong,
and does not bring us happiness. Stealing is like trying to carry off water in a cup full of holes.

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT – “Thou shalt not steal”

helps us

become truly rich with treasures that no one can take away. Why? Because, when we choose not to steal from other people, and turn to God for help, we learn that God has already given us everything we could possibly need. He made us whole and good. We are individual
expressions of God, and nothing can be added to our individuality, and nothing can be taken away. No thief can steal what God gives us, and we cannot rob others of their God-given good. We only rob ourselves if we try to steal from others. Why be poor, and feel in need of stealing, when we can be rich with the treasures of Truth and Love?!

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

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8th - For Kids

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