When Paul paints the picture of the new standards of morality for the New Testament Christian (which was really simply a continuation of the moral law of the OT believer), this is not something that we can ignore. He has already set the stage for Christian Holiness which is rooted in the work of Christ in the Gospel, so we know where the source and power for this holiness comes from. But it is non-negotiable.
This is the new you. If you are a genuine believer, this is your destiny, whether you like it or not! Some who claim the name of Christian show themselves not to be Christians because of a lifestyle and identity that is rooted in love for their sin and daily practice of that sin without remorse or repentance. Do not deceive yourself in that respect. But for the genuine Christian, this new life that we strive to live in fully is in fact the most joyful way to live! Some Christians today view morality as optional, failing to realize that Holiness is actually the happiest way of life for the Christ-follower! Live in the new way of life by the power of Christ toda.
In Prayer Today:
Tell God that you desire to take seriously what takes seriously.