The Life of God’s Love and Light
(1) Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly beloved children (2) and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
(3) But among God’s people there must not be even a hint of sexual perversion, or of any kind of impurity (moral corruption), or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. (4) Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or filthy joking, which are out of place, but instead we should be filled with thanksgiving. (5) For you can be sure of this: no idolator—which is any immoral, impure, or greedy person—has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (6) Do not let anyone deceive you with empty words, because God’s just judgment will come upon all people living in disobedience. (7) Therefore, do not become partners (have a close association) with them.
(8) For you once lived in darkness without God, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light—(9) because the fruit of the light is goodness, righteousness, and truth—(10) and find out what pleases the Lord. (11) Have nothing to do with the fruitless works of darkness, but rather expose them (prove them wrong) by bringing them out into the light. (12) It is shameful to even speak publicly what the disobedient do in private. (13) But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that becomes visible becomes a light. (14) This is why it is written in Isaiah 60:1, “Wake up, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
Be Filled With the Holy Spirit
(15) Therefore, be careful to live as people of wisdom and not like the unwise. (16) Make the best use of every opportunity, because these days are evil. (17) Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is. (18) Do not get drunk on alcohol, because drunkenness leads to reckless and indecent living. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, (19) speaking to one another with psalms and singing hymns and songs from the Holy Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, (20) always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christian Wives and Husbands
(21) Everyone must submit (humble) themselves to one another out of holy fear (reverence) for Christ.
(22) Wives should submit (humble) themselves to their husbands as they do to the Lord. (23) For the husband is the (metaphorical) “head” (authority, source) of the wife as Christ is the (metaphorical) “head” (authority, source) of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. (24) Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands at all times.
(25) Husbands should love their wives just as Christ loved the church by sacrificing himself for her (26) to make her holy (sanctified), cleansing her by the washing with water through the word of God, (27) so that he might present her to himself as a beautiful (radiant) church, without stain or wrinkle or any other defect (blemish), but holy and blameless. (28) In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies, because he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) After all, no one ever hates their own body, but they feed and care for it, just as Christ does the church—(30) because we are members of his body. (31) Therefore, this is why it is written in Genesis 2:24, “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one body (flesh).” (32) I am telling you the profound mystery (deep truth) about Christ and the church. (33) However, every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and every wife should show respect to her husband.