Saturday, January 21, 2017

Paul lays it out

While Paul was in prison, he wrote a letter to the followers of Jesus who lived in Ephesus.

He pretty much lays it out for them.

And he pretty much lays it out for us, too...

Ephesians 5

1 Follow God's example in everything you do,

because you are his dear children.

2 Live a life filled with love,

following the example of Christ.

He loved us

and offered himself as a sacrifice for us to take away our sin.

And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like a sweet perfume to him.

  3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you.

Such sins have no place among God's people.

4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes - these are not for you.

Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.

5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

  6 Don't be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins,

for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.

7 Don't participate in the things these people do.

8 For once you were full of darkness,

but now you have light from the Lord.

So live as people of light!

9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.

  10 Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.

11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness;

instead, expose them.

12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.

13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them,

14 for the light makes everything visible.

This is why it is said,

"Awake, O sleeper,
  rise up from the dead,
  and Christ will give you light."

15 So be careful how you live.

Don't live like fools,

but like those who are wise.

16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

17 Don't act thoughtlessly,

but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

18 Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life.

Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,

19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves,

and making music to the Lord in your hearts.

20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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