“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6).

The lofty expectation set before us in the life of faith is none other than God the Father, himself; that we are to imitate him (5:1). In the subsequent verses, Paul lists not only the virtues bearing evidence of that pursuit, but also the destructive behaviors that would detract from it. It’s about the influence we have as followers of Christ. Faith is never just personal; it has a communal impact. We must labor faithfully to close the gap between our confession and our imitation.

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