So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and
built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with
thankfulness. – Colossians 2:6-7
Ephesians 5 and 6 explores the profound message of living in the light and holds crucial insights
into the Christian walk as well as providing us with guidance on how to embrace God’s truth
and live as children of light.
Paul addresses various relationships within the Christian household—marriage, parenting, and
the workplace. He emphasizes the need for mutual submission, love, and respect in these
relationships, modeling them after the sacrificial love of Christ.
Paul closed with a call to be prepared for the spiritual battle the Christian life inevitably
demands. We live prepared by putting on the armour of God, always available to His children.
No matter what we face, we must rely on the immovable strength and protection of God. Enjoy
and share with others.
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as
Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But
among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or
of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity,
foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you
can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any
inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for
because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be
partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the
fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases
the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is
shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the
light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then,
how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the
days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get
drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one
another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart
to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own
husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head
of the church, His body, of which He is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so
also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to
make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her
to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and
blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who
loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and
care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this
reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will
become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must
respect her husband.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honour your father and
mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you
and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your
children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your
earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey
Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of
Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the
Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good
they do, whether they are slave or free.
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that
he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that
you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and
blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor
of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after
you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around
your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the
readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of
faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of
salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in
mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that
whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of
the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I
We are called to walk in love and light, imitating Christ and shining as beacons of His truth. In
our relationships, we are to practice mutual submission and love, cultivating an environment
that reflects God’s character.
Finally, let us be aware of the spiritual battle around us, putting on the armour of God and
relying on His strength. May we embrace the teachings of Ephesians 5 and 6, allowing them to
transform our lives and empower us to walk as children of light in this world.
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