March 22nd, 2007
The only real way to solve a problem is to bring it into the light. It doesn’t work if you try to make up facts to support your case and then attempt to solve the problem by throwing more darkness on it. The more in life that you have to hide, the bigger your problems will be. If you live a crooked life flitting from one shady deal to another, then a vast amount of your energy will be spent in trying to cover things up and fix embarrassments arising from exposure. But if you live a life of integrity you won’t have to try to hide things. You won’t spend sleepless nights worrying about what happens if you get found out.
Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians — Chapter 5
5:1 As God’s beloved children, imitate what he does. 5:2 Live in love, just as Christ loved you and gave himself up for us, an offering and a fragrant sacrifice to God. 5:3 Sexual immorality, any kind of impurity, or greed should not even be mentioned amongst you, as they are inappropriate for believers. 5:4 Wickedness, foolish talk, and disparagement are similarly inappropriate. Instead, be thankful.
5:5 Know this for sure: no sexually immoral, impure or greedy person, that is, an idol worshipper, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.
5:6 Do not let anyone deceive you with empty words. These are the things which make God angry with disobedient people. 5:7 Do not get involved with them. 5:8 You used to be darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, 5:9 because the light produces all goodness and righteousness and truth. 5:10 Discover how to delight the Lord. 5:11 Do not get involved with unfruitful works of darkness. Instead, expose them to the light. 5:12 It is embarrassing even to speak about the things which those people do in secret. 5:13 But everything which is exposed to the light can be seen. 5:14 Light shows up everything, which is why it is said, “Awake, you who sleep. Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
5:15 Watch carefully how you live, not as unwise people, but as wise. 5:16 Use your time carefully, because the days are evil. 5:17 Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 5:18 Do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debility, but be filled with the Spirit, 5:19 speaking to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing, and making music in your heart to the Lord, 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:21 Submit yourselves to each other out of reverence for Christ. 5:22 Wives, submit to your husbands, as you do to the Lord. 5:23 The husband is the head of the wife, just as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the saviour. 5:24 Just as the church submits to Christ, wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for it 5:26 to make it holy, washing it clean using the word as water, 5:27 so that he could present it to himself as a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any other defect, but holy and unblemished. 5:28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as if they were their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 5:29 People do not hate their own bodies. They nourish and cherish them, just as the Lord does the church, 5:30 because we are parts of his body, of his flesh and bones. 5:31 “This is why a man will leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife. The two will become one flesh.” 5:32 This is a great mystery, but I am speaking in the context of Christ and the church. 5:33 However, each of you must also love your wife as you love yourself, and the wife should ensure that she respects her husband.
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