The Tenth Commandment – Q&A #4

The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”

Question: What about lust? Does it have to do with covetousness?

Answer: It does if what you are lusting after belongs to another. Like greed, lust is an evil quality that would try to pull us down into the mud, and adulterate our pure spiritual thinking. Lust would cause us to covet.

Lust is an intense desire, or longing, for physical pleasure. For instance, do you have a love for chocolate? Do you ever dream about how great it feels in your mouth, or how your taste buds seem to leap for joy? That is because mortal mind and the physical sense of touch
and taste demand to be entertained! Some people might lust after coffee, alcohol, drugs,
or tobacco. There are many other forms of lust. If, at times, we cannot think of much else
besides the physical pleasure we desire, we are indulging lust.

Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The Scriptures say: ‘Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.’ That which we desire and for which we ask, it is not always best for us to receive. In this case infinite Love will not grant the request.” (S&H 10)

“The lust of the flesh and the pride of physical life must be quenched in the divine essence.” (Un. 39)

“Lust, dishonesty, sin, disable the student; they preclude the practice or efficient teaching of
Christian Science,
the truth of man’s being.” (My. 4)

Practice: The qualities of Soul give us true satisfaction. Today, identify yourself with Soul: joyous, pure, happy. Look for the touch of angels, not matter.

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

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10th - #4


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