Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Speaking Up When Others Shut You Down
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Ephesians 2:8-10 and Colossians 2:6-7

Week 47: Day 5

Please watch the last part of Speaking Up When Others Shut You Down.

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Ephesians 5-6

5:1 Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children 2and live in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. 3But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints. 4Neither should there be vulgar speech, foolish talk, or coarse jesting—all of which are out of character—but rather thanksgiving. 5For 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. 6Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not be sharers with them, 8for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live like children of light— 9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth— 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. 13But all things being exposed by the light are made visible. 14For everything made visible is light, and for this reason it says: “Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” 15Therefore consider carefully how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16taking advantage of every opportunity because the days are evil. 17For this reason do not be foolish, but be wise by understanding what the Lord’s will is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord, 23because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church (he himself being the savior of the body). 24But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, 27so that he may present the church to himself as glorious—not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29For no one has ever hated his own body, but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 30because we are members of his body. 31For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32This mystery is great—but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3“that it will go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.” 4Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 5Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ, 6not like those who do their work only when someone is watching—as people-pleasers—but as slaves of Christ doing the will of God from the heart. 7Obey with enthusiasm, as though serving the Lord and not people, 8because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord. 9Masters, treat your slaves the same way, giving up the use of threats, because you know that both you and they have the same master in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. 10Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm therefore, by fastening the belt of truth around your waist, by putting on the breastplate of righteousness, 15by fitting your feet with the preparation that comes from the good news of peace, 16and in all of this, by taking up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God). 18With every prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and to this end be alert, with all perseverance and petitions for all the saints. 19Pray for me also, that I may be given the right words when I begin to speak—that I may confidently make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may be able to speak boldly as I ought to speak. 21Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you, so that you too may know about my circumstances, how I am doing. 22I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 23Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. (NET Bible)

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