Be Imitators of God

1 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

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2 and 2walk in love, just as Christ also 3loved you and 4gave Himself up for us, an 5offering and a sacrifice to God as a 6fragrant aroma.

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3 But 7immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;

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    • c 5:3 - Lit "and all"
    • d 5:3 - Or "holy ones"
      4 and there must be no 8filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which 9are not fitting, but rather 10giving of thanks.

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      5 For this you know with certainty, that 11no * immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom 12of Christ and God.

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        • e 5:5 - I.e. one who commits sexual immorality
          6 13Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things 14the wrath of God comes upon 15the sons of disobedience.

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          7 Therefore do not be 16partakers with them;

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          8 for 17you were formerly 18darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as 19children of Light

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          9 (for 20the fruit of the Light consists in all 21goodness and righteousness and truth ),

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          10 22trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

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            • f 5:10 - Lit "proving what"
              11 23Do not participate in the unfruitful 24deeds of 25darkness, but instead even 26expose them;

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              12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
              13 But all things become visible 27when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

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                • h 5:13 - Or "reproved"
                  14 For this reason it says, "28Awake, sleeper, And arise from 29the dead, And Christ 30will shine on you."

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                  15 Therefore be careful * how you 31walk, not 32as unwise men but as wise,

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                    • j 5:15 - Lit "look carefully"
                      16 33making the most of your time, because 34the days are evil.

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                        • k 5:16 - Lit "redeeming the time"
                          17 So * then * do not be foolish, but 35understand what the will of the Lord is.

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                          18 And 36do not get drunk with wine, for that is 37dissipation, but be 38filled with the Spirit,

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                          19 39speaking to one another in 40psalms and 41hymns and spiritual 42songs, 43singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

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                          20 44always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to 45God, even the Father;

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                          21 46and be subject to one another in the 47fear of Christ.

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                            • o 5:21 - Lit "being subject"
                            • p 5:21 - Or "reverence"

                              Marriage Like Christ and the Church

                              22 48Wives, 49be subject to your own husbands, 50as to the Lord.

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                              23 For 51the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the 52head of the church, He Himself 53being the Savior of the body.

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                              24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
                              25 54Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and 55gave Himself up for her,

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                              26 56so that He might sanctify her, having 57cleansed her by the 58washing of water with 59the word,
                              27 that He might 60present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be 61holy and blameless.

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                              28 So husbands ought also to 62love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;

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                              29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
                              30 because we are 63members of His 64body.

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                              32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
                              33 Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to 66love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she 67respects her husband.

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