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individuals and our different strengths and temptations
I am a firm believer in avoiding the near occasion of sin, or of situations which I know ahead of time will place me in the way of temptation. Those sources of temptation are different for each individual. One may need to avoid chocolate; another alcohol. But I have to avoid confusion the distinction between sinful for everyone and a temptation for me that I should avoid. Part of our uniqueness includes the various things we enjoy or avoid, not because they are good or bad in themselves but because our individual fallen selves interact with them differently. As such we can love one another by accepting that others can enjoy something I avoid because they have no trouble relating to it well, while also not pressing others to indulge in something they have chosen to omit from their lives simply because it is a good thing.