Ephesians 5:1-21 NIV

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

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2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

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3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

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4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

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      5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a

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        • m 5:5 - Or "kingdom of the Messiah and God"
          6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

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          7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
          8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

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          9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)

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          10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

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          11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

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          12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
          13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

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          14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

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          15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

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              16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

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              17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

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              18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

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              19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,

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              20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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              Instructions for Christian Households

              21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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