Ephesians 5:1-16 Bible in Basic English

Walk as Children of Light

5 1  Let it then be your desire to be like God, as well-loved children; 2  And be living in love, even as Christ had love for you, and gave himself up for us, an offering to God for a perfume of a sweet smell.

3  But evil acts of the flesh and all unclean things, or desire for others' property, let it not even be named among you, as is right for saints; 4  And let there be no low behaviour, or foolish talk, or words said in sport, which are not right, but in place of them the giving of praise. 5  Being certain of this, that no man who gives way to the passions of the flesh, no unclean person, or one who has desire for the property of others, or who gives worship to images, has any heritage in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6  Do not be turned from the right way by foolish words; for because of these things the punishment of God comes on those who do not put themselves under him. 7  Have no part with such men; 8  For you at one time were dark, but now are light in the Lord: let your behaviour be that of children of light 9  (Because the fruit of the light is in all righteousness and in everything which is good and true), 10  Testing by experience what is well-pleasing to the Lord; 11  And have no company with the works of the dark, which give no fruit, but make their true quality clear; 12  For the things which are done by them in secret it is shame even to put into words. 13  But all things, when their true quality is seen, are made clear by the light: because everything which is made clear is light. 14  For this reason he says, Be awake, you who are sleeping, and come up from among the dead, and Christ will be your light. 15  Take care then how you are living, not as unwise, but as wise; 16  Making good use of the time, because the days are evil.

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