The Tenth Commandment – Q&A #8

The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”

Question: What about our desires for things we really, really want? Can God help us deal with these longings?

Answer: Yes. Mary Baker Eddy tells us:

“Desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds.”  (S&H 1)

You can see that our desires may need to be lifted up higher, since some desires are not as good as others. Either way, they are what we honestly feel deep in our heart, and we need to pay attention to them, and how they affect our motives. Below, are citations that relate to those desires that are not so good for us:

“Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.” (S&H 234)

“Let the slave of wrong desire learn the lessons of Christian Science, and he will get the better of that desire, and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness, and existence.” (S&H 407)

“The signs for the wayfarer in divine Science lie in meekness, in unselfish motives and acts . . . in the purification of the affections and desires.” (Ret. 79)

“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)

Practice: Think of some desires that might not be so good. Do you have one that you can hand over to God, today?

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

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10th - #8


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