Ephesians 5:1-5 (JDV)
Ephesians 5:1 Be imitators of God, then, as dearly cared about children,
Ephesians 5:2 and walk in care, like Christ also cared about us and gave himself in behalf of us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.
Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for devotees.
Ephesians 5:4 Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.
Ephesians 5:5 Because know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
limiting close relationships
Some of the early Christians were wrongfully accused of being sexually immoral because of how close their relationships were. Here, Paul warns the Ephesians about this possibility. They are to be committed to growing together, and to caring for one another deeply. But they are also to watch their interpersonal relationships and their language to make sure that there is never even a hint of impurity or impropriety. The church has no business including what the kingdom excludes.
Lord, teach us to care for each other sacrificially, especially by sacrificing impure and illicit desires.