The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: What about our “affections”? Is it wrong to simply like something, or want
something good in our lives?
Answer: No. Although covetousness and envy are negative, mortal qualities, which are
always wrong, affection is a moral, human quality, which can be guided in the right direction. Our affections are the warm feelings we may have about something, or someone, we like.
It is one way we express love in our life. But, we can still like or love the wrong things, and we must be willing to let them go when the time comes that we are shown that our desires are misplaced.
“To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our affections are placed and whom we
acknowledge and obey as God.” (S&H 239)
“Have no ambition, affection, nor aim apart from holiness.” (Mis. 154)
“If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.” (S&H 451)
“Let us open our affections to the Principle that moves all in harmony, — from the falling of a
sparrow to the rolling of a world.” (Mis. 174)
“The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the spirit of Truth cleansing from all sin; giving mortals new
motives, new purposes, new affections, all pointing upward.” (Mis. 204)
“Once more I write, Set your affections on things above.” (Pan. 14)
Practice: In your prayer today, ask God to help you “set your affections” higher.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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