Be Imitators of God
1 Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father];
2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
3 But sexual immorality and all [moral] impurity [indecent, offensive behavior] or greed must not even be hinted at among you, as is proper among saints [for as believers our way of life, whether in public or in private, reflects the validity of our faith].
4 Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God].
5 For be sure of this: no immoral, impure, or greedy person—for that one is [in effect] an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God [for such a person places a higher value on something other than God].
6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments [that encourage you to sin], for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience [those who habitually sin].
7 So do not participate or even associate with them [in the rebelliousness of sin].
8 For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [live as those who are native-born to the Light]
9 (for the fruit [the effect, the result] of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
10 trying to learn [by experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [and letting your lifestyles be examples of what is most acceptable to Him—your behavior expressing gratitude to God for your salvation].
11 Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character];
12 for it is disgraceful even to mention the things that such people practice in secret.
13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light [of God’s precepts], for [a]it is light that makes everything visible.
14 For this reason He says,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine [as dawn] upon you and give you light.”Ephesians 5:1-14 (AMP)