The Ninth Commandment – For Young Children

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”

means . . .

we should not tell lies about anyone, nor should we believe any lies we may hear about
others. Our “neighbour” is not just someone who lives nearby, but is any one of God’s
children, including yourself! Jesus taught us to “love thy neighbour as thyself,” and we
would not want to get someone we love in trouble by telling, or believing, a falsehood
about them. We also do not want to speak or believe lies about our self!

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”

helps us . . .

to feel secure and fearless in God’s universal love for His children. If we refuse to tell lies,
or believe lies, about others, we will be able to trust that God’s truth and mercy will protect us from false accusations aimed our way. If error whispers a lie to us about our health, for
instance, we can do what Mary Baker Eddy tells us: “Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” (S&H 392) That is being a truthful witness for ourselves! Today,
pretend you are a porter at your “door of thought.” What kind of thoughts will you turn
away? Which thoughts will you let in the door?

* * *

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

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False witness - Kids


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