The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: What desires are the right kind to have?
Answer: A desire that leads us away from selfishness and materiality would be good. Here are some other ideas about desires that are right and pure:
“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” (S&H 4)
“Prayer begets an awakened desire to be and do good.” (No. 39)
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” (Psalms 37)
Another word for having strong desires is craving. Mary Baker Eddy speaks of the good kind:
“Soul is the infinite source of bliss: only high and holy joy can satisfy immortal cravings.” (Mis. 287)
“Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe
happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real enjoyment.” (S&H 60-61)
“The sublime summary of an honest life satisfies the mind craving a higher good, and bathes it in the cool waters of peace on earth.” (Mis. 227)
Further Study: Today, study and memorize this verse from the Sermon on the Mount: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6) What does it mean to you?
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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