So you should be imitators of God, like dear children. (5:1)
In the first part of Ephesians 5 before Paul gets to the household code of conduct (5:21ff), Paul gives seven characteristics of God we would do well to imitate if we are going to be God’s children, growing in His image. See if you can find them in chapter 5 while you read. For variety, my son put these seven traits into a word cloud.
How is it possible for fallen people to become like our magnificent Father?
Be filled with the spirit! (5:18b)