Walk in Love
1 # [ch. 4:32; Matt. 5:7, 48; Luke 6:36] Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And #Rom. 14:15; [Col. 3:14]; See John 13:34 walk in love, #See Rom. 8:37 as Christ loved us and #See Rom. 4:25 gave himself up for us, a #See Gen. 8:21 fragrant #Heb. 7:27; 9:14; 10:10, 12offering and sacrifice to God.
3But #1 Cor. 6:18; See Gal. 5:19 sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness #[ver. 12; Ps. 16:4]must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be #ch. 4:29; [Eccles. 10:13] no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, #[Rom. 1:28] which are out of place, but instead #ver. 20let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that #See 1 Cor. 6:9 everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (#Col. 3:5that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6#See Matt. 24:4 Let no one #Col. 2:8 deceive you with empty words, for because of these things #Rom. 1:18; Col. 3:6 the wrath of God comes upon #ch. 2:2; [1 Pet. 1:14]the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore #ch. 3:6do not become partners with them; 8for #See ch. 2:1, 2 at one time you were #See Acts 26:18 darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. #Isa. 2:5; See Luke 16:8; John 12:35, 36Walk as children of light 9(for #[Gal. 5:22]; See Rom. 7:4the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and #1 Thess. 2:4; 5:21try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11#See 1 Cor. 5:9 Take no part in the #Rom. 6:21 unfruitful #Rom. 13:12 works of darkness, but instead #Lev. 19:17; 1 Tim. 5:20expose them. 12For #[ver. 3]it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when #John 3:20, 21; [ver. 9]anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
# [Isa. 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Mal. 4:2]; See Rom. 13:11 “Awake, O sleeper,
and #Isa. 26:19 arise from the dead,
and #Luke 1:78, 79Christ will shine on you.”
Col. 4:5; [Prov. 15:21] Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16#[See ver. 15 above] making the best use of the time, because #ch. 6:13; Eccles. 12:1; Amos 5:13; Gal. 1:4the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what #Rom. 12:2; 1 Thess. 4:3; 5:18the will of the Lord is. 18And #Prov. 20:1; 23:20, 31; 1 Cor. 5:11 do not get drunk with wine, for that is #Titus 1:6; 1 Pet. 4:4 debauchery, but #[Luke 1:15]be filled with the Spirit, 19addressing one another in #Acts 16:25; 1 Cor. 14:26; Col. 3:16; James 5:13psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20#Col. 3:17; 1 Thess. 1:2; 2 Thess. 1:3 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father #Heb. 13:15; [John 14:13]in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21#[Phil. 2:3]submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands
22 # For ch. 5:22–6:9, see Col. 3:18–4:1 Wives, #See Gen. 3:16 submit to your own husbands, #[ch. 6:5]as to the Lord. 23For #1 Cor. 11:3 the husband is the head of the wife even as #See ch. 1:22, 23 Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is #[1 Cor. 6:13]himself its Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit #[Col. 3:20, 22; Titus 2:9]in everything to their husbands.
25 # ver. 28, 33; [1 Pet. 3:7] Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and #ver. 2gave himself up for her, 26that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by #Titus 3:5; [Rev. 7:14] the washing of water #ch. 6:17; Heb. 6:5; See John 15:3with the word, 27so #2 Cor. 11:2; See ch. 1:4 that he might present the church to himself in splendor, #Song 4:7without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.#5:27 Or holy and blameless 28In the same way #ver. 25, 33husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30because #[Gen. 2:23]; See 1 Cor. 6:15we are members of his body. 31#Matt. 19:5; Mark 10:7, 8; Cited from Gen. 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and #1 Cor. 6:16the two shall become one flesh.” 32This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33However, #ver. 25, 28 let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she #1 Pet. 3:2, 6respects her husband.