1 So follow God's example, like his dear children, 2 and lead loving lives, just as Christ loved you and gave himself for you, as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But immorality or any form of vice or greed must not be so much as mentioned among you; that would not be becoming in God's people. 4 There must be no indecency or foolish or scurrilous talk??ll that is unbecoming. There should be thanksgiving instead. 5 For you may be sure that no one who is immoral, or greedy for gain (for that is idolatry) can have any share in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
6 Whatever anyone may say in the way of worthless arguments to deceive you, these are the things that are bringing God's anger down upon the disobedient. 7 Therefore have nothing to do with them. 8 For once you were sheer darkness, but now, as Christians, you are light itself. You must live like children of light, 9 for light leads to perfect goodness, uprightness, and truth; 10 you must make sure what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the profitless doings of the darkness; expose them instead. 12 For while it is degrading even to mention their secret practices, 13 yet when anything is exposed by the light, it is made visible, and anything that is made visible is light. 14 So it says, "Wake up, sleeper! Rise from the dead, And Christ will dawn upon you!"
15 Be very careful, then, about the way you live. Do not act thoughtlessly, but like sensible men, 16 and make the most of your opportunity, for these are evil times. 17 So do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, for that is profligacy, but be filled with the Spirit,
19 and speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and sacred songs. Sing praise to God with all your hearts; 20 always give thanks for everything to God our Father, as followers of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 and subordinate yourselves to one another out of reverence to Christ.
22 You married women must subordinate yourselves to your husbands, as you do to the Lord, 23 for a husband is the head of his wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, which is his body, and is saved by him. 24 Just as the church is in subjection to Christ, so married women must be, in everything, to their husbands. 25 You who are husbands must love your wives, just as Christ loves the church and gave himself for her, 26 to consecrate her, after cleansing her with the bath in water through her confession of him, 27 in order to bring the church to himself in all her beauty, without a flaw or a wrinkle or anything of the kind, but to be consecrated and faultless. 28 That is the way husbands ought to love their wives??s if they were their own bodies; a man who loves his wife is really loving himself, 29 for no one ever hates his own person, but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ does with the church, 30 for we are parts of his body.
31 Therefore a man must leave his father and mother and attach himself to his wife, and they must become one.
32 This is a great secret, but I understand it of Christ and the church. 33 But each one of you must love his wife just as he loves himself, and the wife, too, must respect her husband.