The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: What can we do to lessen envy and covetousness?
Answer: We need to keep watch over our thoughts every day, and continue our study of Christian Science. Mary Baker Eddy urges us to clear our thoughts of envy:
“You must give much time to self-examination and correction; you must control appetite, passion, pride, envy, evil-speaking, resentment.” (Mis. 137)
“The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-inflicted wounds of
selfishness, malice, envy, and hate.” (S&H 462)
“Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle. Every hour of delay makes the struggle more severe. If
man is not victorious over the passions, they crush out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and good-will to man.” (S&H 407)
“Are we clearing the gardens of thought by uprooting the noxious weeds of passion, malice, envy, and strife?” (Mis. 343)
Practice: Keeping our “gardens of thought” clear of envy and hate is not a one-time event. We must weed this garden daily through prayer and watchfulness. Today, if you spot a weed of envy in thought, carefully pull it out. Replace it with seeds of love and gratitude.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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