TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST – Ephesians 5:6-21

Don’t let anyone deceive you with meaningless words.  It is because of sins like these that God’s anger comes to those who refuse to obey him.  7Don’t be partners with them.  8Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light.  Live as children who have light.  9Light produces everything that is good, that has God’s approval, and that is true.  10Determine which things please the Lord.  11Have nothing to do with the useless works that darkness produces.  Instead, expose them for what they are.  12It is shameful to talk about what some people do in secret.  13Light exposes the true character of everything 14because light makes everything easy to see.  That’s why it says:  “Wake up, sleeper!  Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  15So then, be very careful how you live.  Don’t live like foolish people, but like wise people.  16Make the most of your opportunities, because these are evil days.  17So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants.  18Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good.  Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts.  20Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  21Place yourselves under each other’s authority out of respect for Christ.