Biblical Sexuality | 1 Corinthians 7:3-5
1 Corinthians 7:3-5 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
Marshall Shelly, the editor of Leadership Journal, tells the story of a pastor friend who moved into a new town and attended a local pastor’s meeting. Being the new guy he was asked to pray. As he closed his prayer he meant to say, “And Lord give us continued good success,” but it didn’t come out that way. In a loud “preacher’s praying voice” he said, “And Lord give us continued good sex.” The room froze. The pastor was mortified. Then finally, from the back of the room someone yelled out a hearty, “Amen!” He said, “They asked me to pray quite often after that.”
We do want good sex, and it is the responsibility of the husband and wife to fulfill each other’s needs. Sex is both mutually satisfying and mutually submissive. The husband and wife are to “yield” to each other. There is nothing more frustrating to a man than to save himself for his wife only to be rejected. There is nothing more frustrating to a wife than to be committed to her husband only to feel used.
Sex is both pleasurable and practical. In the act of intimacy a husband and wife enjoy the experience, reaffirm their covenant, and meet physical needs. Intimacy thwarts Satan’s temptations.
Father, thank you for the gift of sex. May we use this great gift to satisfy our spouses. In Jesus’ name. Amen.