It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
I have a question. How do you live this? You shouldn’t do anything that causes your brother to stumble? And how do you know when he stumbles? Do you just not worry about it until he tells you that a practice of yours is causing him to stumble, or do you watch for the stumbling? Because watching for another to stumble certainly seems to be a bad thing to do, and yet, how many times will someone confess to you that your behavior is a snare to them?
I have spent a large portion of my life being a people-pleaser, trying to fit the image, fill the bill, act the part. I didn’t feel good about that, but for a long time the pressure was just too great. I had to erect the facade in order to survive. In the past few years, I have finally felt freed from this, but reading this today causes me to question.
When I refrain from something that is not sin in order to protect another person from stumbling, is that performing to please another person rather than God?
What is the difference? What is the key to being sensitive to others, while still playing to an Audience of One? How do you keep a healthy perspective on living to please other men vs. following only God’s standard?