“Now, getting down to the questions you asked in your letter to me. First, Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly—but only within a certain context. It’s good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong enough to contain them and provide for a balanced and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder. The marriage bed must be a place of mutuality—the husband seeking to satisfy his wife, the wife seeking to satisfy her husband. Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out. Abstaining from sex is permissible for a period of time if you both agree to it, and if it’s for the purposes of prayer and fasting—but only for such times. Then come back together again. Satan has an ingenious way of tempting us when we least expect it.” 1 Corinthians 7:1-5 (The Message)
Yesterday at church our pastor asked a question that rocked quite a few people back into their seats, myself included. How often do we pray together for the sexual relations of our marriage? When I brought this question up to sweetheart (who was out of town on a job) we both laughed nervously. Truth be told it is an uncomfortable conversation to have in any context, much less talking to God about it.
Pastor Shepperd pointed out that if we don’t keep God in the middle of our marriage, Satan will step into that empty space and try to destroy what God has put together. While you could have heard a pin drop in our service, I was glad that for once a pastor did not shy away from something as important as the verses in 1 Corinthians 7:1-5. For some reason we think that God wants us to talk to Him about our finances, our kids, our job but not our sex life.
I attend Church Project in The Woodlands, TX. Click here to view Pastor Jason Shepperd’s latest podcast covering 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
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