Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5:1-33

1  Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.

2  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3  But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

4  neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

5  For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any 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 once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

9  (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

10  finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

12  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.

13  But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

14  Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

15  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

20  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

21  submitting to one another in the fear of God.

22  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

23  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.

24  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

26  that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

27  that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

28  So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.

29  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

30  For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.


32  This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

33  Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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9 months ago

As this begins with “therefore”, it could be said that since maturity only comes as we’re connected to Christ’s body, that growth will look like us imitating the Father with love’s effect on each movement in life. This is not just a religious devotion that is a discipline for a few moments of the day. It is lifestyle of love that lets go of every behavior that wouldn’t be something the Father would do. Those acts of the flesh that might be defended as personal, uncontrollable reactions and expressions are apparently just infantile acting out that will be barriers to love’s display as they are veiled with self-domination. Where the Spirit is allowed to truly fill, there will be no room for dark corners where evil can get its way. Abiding in Him and His love exposes every thought and action to His light and its purification. Where the light is shining, personal diversions are abandoned for a desire to present something that will please Him. Living as His children of light will be consuming only what He provides and leaving no room for sexual and substance addictions that are craved in darkness.

As love is walked out and grown through every moment of life, it will be most reflected and challenged in those relationships that are closest. Love is the preference of others over self, or the submission of what we might prefer to the needs and desires of others. This is to take place with all that we’ve been called to touch, but especially with those we’re committed to in marriage. Just making love steps with others while walking elsewhere at home will stunt any knowing of God and growing in His love. It’s actually in this relationship, where both partners are laying down self for the lifting up of the other, that God Himself is best displayed and glorified. As we have become one with each other in marriage and need love to maintain that unity, so we are united with Christ’s body and are only kept there by the development of love’s responses over childish selfishness. As we are only in Him because of a love that covers a multitude of failures, so our reception of that love will only be authentic as it is walked out with that one to which we’ve devoted our lives.

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