Ephesians 5: 1, “Therefore be imitators of God (copy Him and follow His example) as well beloved children imitate their father.” (Amplified Bible)
Verse 2: Walk in love, esteeming and delighting in one another, just as Jesus loved us and gave Himself up for us.
Ephesians 5: 3-8. It is not fitting for God’s people to be immoral, in sexual vice, lustful, wasteful, greedy, filthy, obscene, indecent, speaking foolish, silly, or coarse jesting, covetous, impure in through or life, or an idolator. Do not be deceived or darkened by empty excuses or groundless arguments to tolerate these things. Do not assiciate or have any participation in them. We once were in darkness, but now we are children of Light!
Ephesians 5: 9-13. The Light of the Spirit produces kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness in life. Learn what is pleasing to the Lord and live it. The Light makes visible and clear, plus exposing and reproving secrets.
Ephesians 5: 14. Awake sleeper!!! Rise up from being dead!!! Christ will shine and make day dawn on you and give you light to see!!!
Ephesians 5: 15-18. Look carefully how you walk! Live purposefully, accurately, worthily, sensibly, intellgent and wise; not witless, foolish, thoughtless, and vague! Understand and firmly grasp the Lord’s will. The days are evil, so make the most of your time and use every opportunity to live right. Do not be in a drunken stupor, but be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 5: 19-20. Speak to one another your thanks and praises to God while making melody in your heart to the Lord…at all times and in everything!
Ephesians 5: 21. In reverence for Christ, be humble and serve those in His family.
Ephesians 5: 22-24. Do wives really believe and live this way? As people in relationship with Jesus recognize His headship, and therefore humble self, adapt, and serve Him….in the same way, a wife should follow her husband as head.
Ephesians 5: 25-32. Do husbands really believe and live this way? Christ loved His bride, giving His life for her. He forgives and cleanses her to be faultless and beutiful. Marriage made them one, so a husband should love his wife as his own body. He should love, cherish, nourish, and protect her.
Ephesians 5:33. So if we are married, how sould we live? We should have the same relationship as Christ has with the church, His bride. When a husband loves his wife and sacrifices self to demonstrate his love, and bears many heavy responsibilites, it is not hard for the wife to follow and assist him in such love. Whe a wife loves her husband and shows him respect, defers to his decisions, and gladly serves him; it is not hard for her husband to lead with compassion. Living like this requires both husband and wife to trust God to lead their spouse, especially in times of disagreement. Yet, demanding equality in marriage is deception and leads to destruction. I heard once that marriage is not 50/50…both must give 100%. I strive to live the way God intended for marriage relationships to work in His family. I am blessed that my husband strives to follow God’s plan too.