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Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children

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and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.

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But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints.

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Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting - all of which are out of character - but rather thanksgiving.

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For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

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Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God's wrath comes on the sons of disobedience.

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For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.

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Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
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