The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: If we are to trust God to give us what we need, so that we are not tempted to covet others, what exactly can we expect Him to give us?
Answer: Mary Baker Eddy wrote often about the nature of God’s giving:
“God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have
all you need every moment.” (Mis. 307)
“Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.” (S&H 442)
“When a hungry heart petitions the divine Father-Mother God for bread, it is not given a stone, — but more grace, obedience, and love.” (My. 18)
“Happiness consists in being and in doing good; only what God gives, and what we give ourselves and others through His tenure, confers happiness.” (‘02 17)
“I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I
am the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.” (S&H 253)
Practice: If you are tempted to covet or envy another today, turn to God and thank Him for all the wonderful things He has already given His children. Watch for His spiritual ideas that give daily supplies.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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