From The Heart

Publish date: 03/11/2012

Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. 2 And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. 3 But immorality (sexual vice) and all impurity [of lustful, rich, wasteful living] or greediness must not even be named among you, as is fitting and proper among saints (God’s consecrated people). 4 Let there be no filthiness (obscenity, indecency) nor foolish and sinful (silly and corrupt) talk, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting or becoming; but instead voice your thankfulness [to God]. 5 For be sure of this: that no person practicing sexual vice or impurity in thought or in life, or one who is covetous [who has lustful desire for the property of others and is greedy for gain] — for he [in effect] is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience. 7 So do not associate or be sharers with them.  For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light]. 9 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. 10 And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. 11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light. 14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light. 15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), 16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit. 19 Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord, 20 At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. 21 Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  
Ephesians 5:1-21 AMP

1. Be imitators of God – copy Him and follow His example

2. Walk in love sacrificially – just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us

3. Immorality, impurity or greediness must not even be named among you

4. NO filthiness, obscenity, indecency; nor foolish and sinful, silly and corrupt talk; nor coarse jesting should come out of your mouth

5. Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments for these sins – because God will be punishing those who commit these sins

6. Don’t associate or partner with people who practice the works of the flesh – those who are rebellious and disobedient

7. Walk as children of the Light

8. Learn what pleases God – and do those things

9. Have no fellowship with the works of darkness

10. Reprove the works of darkness – let your life be so in contrast to these so as to convict and expose them

11. Wake up! Awake from sleep and death – let Jesus shine His light into your heart and life

12. Walk circumspectly – live purposefully and worthily and accurately

13. Walk as wise men – as sensible, intelligent people

14. Redeem the time – make the very most of the time you have

15. Don’t be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is

16. Don’t be drunk with wine or alcohol

17. Do be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit  

18. Edify yourselves with worship, music and singing that glorifies God

19. Continue to give thanks to God in Jesus’ name  

20. Be submitted and accountable to one other