"Isn't there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused - maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong.
I read and wonder what it is I am selfish in giving up in order to help another in their walk. Is it time? money? stuff? food? What is it I am loving more than loving His people.
As a believer, many are watching to see us in action. When in Christ, there is something "different" about us, and it does/should draw attention. It is being in Christ that makes us stand out from the world.
Do we ever hold on to the things of the world to satisfy our "self", even if it means hindering another ones walk? I know of one who didn't feel the need to give up drinking in front of an alcoholic, believing it was up to the person to not submit to drink. It wasn't part of their job to help them overcome. We are all on a different level in our walks, different strengths and weaknesses. Different because we need each other.
As we grow in Christ, we need to see it is our job to come along side of each other and help the growth. When helping each other, we are really helping the whole family. We are living a life that is pleasing to Him.
What is it we are holding onto, satisfying "self", which is hindering the walk of a brother or sister? Is it really worth it?