Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt
through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put
on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has
loved us and given himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-
smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even
be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking,
nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you
know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has
any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty
words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of
disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is
in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose
them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in
secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever
makes manifest is light. Therefore he says:
Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.