Live in Love
1 Therefore, be1 imitators of God as dearly loved children 2 and live2 in love, just as Christ also loved us3 and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering4 to God. 3 But5 among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind,6 or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints.7 4 Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting – all of which are out of character – but rather thanksgiving. 5 For you can be confident of this one thing:8 that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Live in the Light
6 Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience.9 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them,10 8 for you were at one time darkness, but now you are11 light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – 9 for the fruit of the light12 consists in13 all goodness, righteousness, and truth – 10 trying to learn14 what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather15 expose them.16 12 For the things they do17 in secret are shameful even to mention. 13 But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. 14 For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says:18
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you!”21
15 Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, 16 taking advantage of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise22 by understanding23 what the Lord’s will is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, which24 is debauchery,25 but be filled by the Spirit,26 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music27 in28 your hearts to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for each other29 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.30
Exhortations to Households31
22 Wives, submit32 to your husbands as to the Lord, 23 because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church – he himself being the savior of the body. 24 But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your33 wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26 to sanctify her by cleansing her34 with the washing of the water by the word, 27 so that he35 may present the church to himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.36 28 In the same way37 husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one has ever hated his own body38 but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 for we are members of his body.39 31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become40 one flesh.41 32 This mystery is great – but I am actually42 speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless,43 each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself,44 and the wife must45 respect46 her husband.