The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: What qualities of thought will help us overcome covetousness?
Answer: Gratitude is one. Another is a desire for divine things, which Mary Baker Eddy
illustrates in these comments about her discovery of Christian Science:
“From my very childhood I was impelled, by a hunger and thirst after divine things, — a desire for something higher and better than matter, and apart from it, — to seek diligently for the knowledge of God as the one great and ever-present relief from human woe. The first spontaneous motion of Truth and Love, acting through Christian Science on my roused consciousness, banished at once
and forever the fundamental error of faith in things material; for this trust is the unseen sin, the unknown foe, — the heart’s untamed desire which breaketh the divine commandments. As says
St. James: ‘Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.’”
Notice in Mrs. Eddy’s explanation above, that faith in material things is “the unseen sin,” which would break the divine commandments. This sums up the importance of the Tenth Commandment: the evil we think, not just the evil we do, can lead us to break all of God’s laws.
This Tenth Commandment, which urges us to control selfish thinking, prepares us for the lessons of Christ Jesus, which can be found in the New Testament. There, we learn that the best way to obey the Old Testament laws is through love.
Practice: Today, and always, remember: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his
commandments.” (I John 5)
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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