Follow God's example,1 therefore, as dearly loved children22
and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us3 and gave himself up for us4 as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.53
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality,6 or of any kind of impurity, or of greed,7 because these are improper for the Lord's people.
Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk8 or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.95
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a person is an idolater10--has any inheritance11 in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a126
Let no one deceive you13 with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath14 comes on those who are disobedient.157
Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once16 darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light179
(for the fruit18 of the light consists in all goodness,19 righteousness and truth)
and find out what pleases the Lord.2011
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,21 but rather expose them.
It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
But everything exposed by the light22 becomes visible--and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper,23 rise from the dead,24 and Christ will shine on you."2515
Be very careful, then, how you live26--not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity,27 because the days are evil.2817
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.2918
Do not get drunk on wine,30 which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,3119
speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit.32 Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks33 to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Submit to one another34 out of reverence for Christ.
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands35 as you do to the Lord.3623
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church,37 his body, of which he is the Savior.
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands38 in everything.
Husbands, love your wives,39 just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her4026
to make her holy,41 cleansingb her by the washing42 with water through the word,
and to present her to himself43 as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.4428
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives45 as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
After all, people have never hated their own bodies, but they feed and care for them, just as Christ does the church--
for we are members of his body.4631
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."c4732
This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
However, each one of you also must love his wife48 as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.