The Commandments

On a wall in one of our Christian Science branch churches appears the first command of the Decalogue, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." One Wednesday evening, struggling with a sense of physical discord, the writer, upon entering the church, allowed her thought to dwell upon that commandment. Suddenly the word "shalt" stood out with a marvelous new significance, as a glorious promise rather than as the somewhat stern command it had hitherto always seemed to be. As a wave of joy flooded consciousness with the realization of the magnitude of that promise, all sense of the discord vanished.

"Thou shalt have no other gods"! Could a promise be more glorious? We are to be enabled to know that there is no power apart from God; nor can any seeming power have dominion over us. Freedom from belief in and fear of other powers,—of sin, of sickness, of lack,—this freedom is our rightful heritage, promised by a loving God. We shall, ultimately, have no other gods, no bondage to false sense, no clinging to erroneous thought-habits, no fear of evil.

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