Follow God's example,1 therefore, as dearly loved children2
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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.5
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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.
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Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk8 or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.9
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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.12
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Let no one deceive you13 with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath14 comes on those who are disobedient.15
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Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once16 darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light17
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(for the fruit18 of the light consists in all goodness,19 righteousness and truth)
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and find out what pleases the Lord.20
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Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness,21 but rather expose them.
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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.
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This is why it is said: "Wake up, sleeper,23 rise from the dead,24 and Christ will shine on you."25
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Be very careful, then, how you live26--not as unwise but as wise,
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making the most of every opportunity,27 because the days are evil.28
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Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.29
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Do not get drunk on wine,30 which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,31
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speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit.32 Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
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always giving thanks33 to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Submit to one another34 out of reverence for Christ.
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Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands35 as you do to the Lord.36
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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.
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Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands38 in everything.
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Husbands, love your wives,39 just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her40
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to make her holy,41 cleansing her by the washing42 with water through the word,
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and to present her to himself43 as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.44
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In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives45 as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
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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.46
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"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."47
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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.
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