Ephesians 5:1-16 New American Standard Bible

Walk as Children of Light

5 Therefore be imitators of God , as beloved children ; 2  and walk in love , just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma .

3  But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints ; 4  and there must be no filthiness and silly talk , or coarse jesting , which are not fitting , but rather giving of thanks . 5  For this you know with certainty , that no e immoral or impure person or covetous man , who is an idolater , has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God . 6  Let no one deceive you with empty words , for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience . 7  Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8  for you were formerly darkness , but now you are Light in the Lord ; walk as children of Light 9  (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth ), 10  trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord . 11  Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness , but instead even expose them; 12  for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret . 13  But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light , for everything that becomes visible is light . 14  For this reason it says , " Awake , sleeper , And arise from the dead , And Christ will shine on you." 15  Therefore be careful e how you walk , not as unwise men but as wise , 16  making the most of your time , because the days are evil .

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