Respect dare series – day 35 – Do not deprive one another

1 Corinthians 7:1-5

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.

Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

I know I’ve addressed this, but after some recent discussions I felt it needs a second showing because it is just so important.


It’s needed in marriage. It’s beyond important – it’s critical for a healthy marriage! And, no, once a week is not enough, or once a month, and especially not once a year! I was horrified to hear that women really don’t realise that men need it more frequently than this. Biologically, a married man, having sex regularly, will build up sperm needing to be released within 2-4 days. This is our challenge as wives – to meet the needs of our husbands in this area.

I love that the Bible talks about these things and so we need to talk about it, too. If you want a good starting point for how the differences of men and women can come together beautiful in marriage I recommend: “Laugh your way to a better marriage” with Mark Gungor. Glenn enjoyed it, which is saying something for a relationship seminar!

My action for today: (And the next week). Re-watch “Laugh your way to a better marriage” and follow Paul’s commands.

My prayer for today: Thank you, loving Father, for creating something as beautiful and intimate as sex. Thank you that we can enjoy it most in the intimacy and protection of a safe marriage. Help me to remember its importance and never deprive Glenn of it. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Regular sexual intimacy is vital for a healthy marriage – the Bible tells us so!

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