Synopsis: Because of all that has happened to us that
we've just been considering, let it be reflected in the way you
live, following Christ. Let this be especially true in family
life with his sacrificial love showing us the way to live out
our marriage relationships.]
Walking in the light
follow Christ's example, especially in respect of love, avoiding
any form of immorality or wrong talking, for such isn't the way
of the kingdom, so don't let the world lead you astray because
you're in the light now and they are darkness, don't be filled
with wrong human desires but with the Spirit.]
(as God loved you through
Christ, follow His example) Follow
God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children 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.
(don't let there be any
sexual wrong or bad attitudes towards others) 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.
(nothing bad in your
speech, only what is good and thankful) Nor
should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which
are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
(no such people as these
will inherit the kingdom) 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.
(let no one lead you
into disobedience) Let
no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things
God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.
(don't side with such
do not be partners with them.
(you're in the light
now, which expresses goodness, righteousness and truth, doing
God's will) For
you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live
as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists
in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases
(steer clear of those
works of darkness) Have
nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather
(don't even speak of
what they do) It
is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
(light reveals everything,
and as you received it, you became light) But
everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything
that is illuminated becomes a light.
(hence the saying about
waking up and letting Christ shine on you) This
is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and
Christ will shine on you.”
(so be alert, wise and
taking every opportunity to do good) Be
very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making
the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
(so understand God's
will in all these things) Therefore
do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.
(don't let wine lead
you astray but instead let the Spirit fill you with joy and songs
of praise and worhsip) Do
not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be
filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns,
and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart
to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Instructions for Christian Households
Synopsis: Be open to one another in humility whether
husbands or wives with the husband leading the way in sacrificial
love that makes it easy for the wife to follow. It's the pattern
of the church and Christ and he has certainly led the way in sacrificial
(give way to one another
for Christ's sake) Submit
to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(wives do it with your
husbands according to God's order) Wives,
submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head
of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
(let the church and Christ
be your example) Now
as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to
their husbands in everything.
(husbands you've got
to go much further being an example of Christ giving up your life
for your wife) Husbands,
love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself
up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with
water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant
church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy
(love your wife as you
do yourself – putting her first!) In
this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own
bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
(isn't that how we think
about ourselves?) After
all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care
for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members
of his body.
the beginning the order was they would become one) “For
this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united
to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” [Gen.
(yes that is marriage
partners but also the church and Christ) This
is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
(so this is the order
to aim for and follow) However,
each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and
the wife must respect her husband.
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