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Imitating God as dearly Loved Children because, ‘We Are!

1 Copy God, then, as his beloved children,

2 and lead lives of love, just as Christ loved you and gave himself up for you to be a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 Never let any sexual vice or impurity or lust be so much as mentioned by you — that is the proper course for saints to take;

4 no, nor indecent, silly, or scurrilous talk — all that is improper. Rather, voice your thanks to God.

5 Be sure of this, that no one guilty of sexual vice or impurity or lust (that is, an idolater) possesses any inheritance in the realm of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with specious arguments; these are the vices that bring down God’s anger on the sons of disobedience.

7 So avoid the company of such men.

8 For while once upon a time you were darkness, now in the Lord you are light; lead the life of those who are children of the light

9 (for the fruit of light consists in all that is good and right and true),

10 verifying what pleases the Lord.

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