Living On The Third Level by Nelson Price

6/23/85

LIVING ON THE THIRD LEVEL
COLOSSIANS 3:17

JESUS CHRIST said, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of
My Father in heaven."
Thus, he was telling us there are certain principles by which we
should live.
Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg of Harvard has led the way in research in
moral education and development. He found that a healthy mature
person develops through three levels of moral thinking.
LEVEL ONE extends from birth to about age ten. This is the
totally self-centered stage. All issues and choices are viewed
in terms of personal physical or pleasurable results. The rules
of the game are: If I am rewarded as I desire my conduct is
good. If I don't get what I want then my actions are bad.
Daily I deal with persons of all ages who have not grown out of
this stage. Their motto is: "Do your own thing." They are
totally self-centered egotist. Interestingly psychologist have
concluded there are three motivational factors in life:
Self-preservation
Self-gratification
Self-glorification
Note, in each instance the use of the word "self". What is in it
for me?
LEVEL TWO, Dr. Kohlberg says, begins sometimes between age ten
and fourteen. At this stage persons consider others as well as
self. Choices are based on whether they please others or
arethey approved by others. Peer pressure and idols exert an
enormous influence. The status quo becomes important.
Frequently, I encounter persons of all ages still hung up at
this level. "Everybody is doing it," becomes the mandate for
mediocrity. "Ch ...


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