And so, watch out on all sides how you walk; not as [those who are] fools but as wise, making the most of the moment because the days are [filled with] evil.
     And further do not be lacking in good sense, but get perspective on what the Lord is wanting done. And be not drunk with wine which is a complete waste [of time and energy] but be filled to overflowing with the Spirit in conversation among yourselves in psalms, in hymns and in spiritual songs, singing and psalming [making melodious praise] with all your heart to the Lord always lifting up your hands in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father, being in willing subjection to each other in the holy fear of Christ Himself. - Ephesians 5:16-20/transliteration by Bruce C Wearne


Live fully

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Paul seems to know that his readers can take his culminating announcement and run with it foolishly, so he immediately cautions them to beware, to take heed, to develop a well-rounded comprehensive view of the path they are on.

Live wisely and fully, he counsels them - they are to get clarity on the will of the Lord for their lives. Here, he sounds the same wise note that had been inscribed in the Book of Proverbs: "The entrance to wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).

Live creatively; if you are to be overflowing, do so with artful praise and thanksgiving to God for what He continues to do for you. Take up such work and form it so it is chock-a-block with heartfelt appreciation for what He has done and continues to do for you. As we have suggested, Paul has already composed an anthem for their worship (1:3-14). 

The consequence is as logical as Romans 12:1-2: Place yourself in willing subjection to your brothers and sisters in the Lord.

And so, as the primary example of this willing subjection, as part of a life chock-a-block with heartfelt appreciation to the Lord for what He has done in redemptively restoring creation and His full purpose in the resurrection and ascension of Christ Jesus, Paul gives his admonition and addresses...wives.