1 Corinthians 7:1-7
7 Now I want to deal with the things you wrote me about. Some of you say, “It is good for a man not to have sex with a woman.” 2 But since there is so much sexual sin, each man should have his own wife. And each woman should have her own husband. 3 A husband should satisfy his wife’s sexual needs. And a wife should satisfy her husband’s sexual needs. 4 The wife’s body does not belong only to her. It also belongs to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong only to him. It also belongs to his wife. 5 You shouldn’t stop giving yourselves to each other except when you both agree to do so. And that should be only to give yourselves time to pray for a while. Then you should come together again. In that way, Satan will not tempt you when you can’t control yourselves. 6 I say those things to you as my advice, not as a command. 7 I wish all of you were like me. But you each have your own gift from God. One has this gift. Another has that.
Paul has been correcting the church in some of its wrong thinking & in these verses he’s actually responding to a letter that they wrote to him (v1).
Paul confirms what God put in place way back in Genesis 2 – that it’s not good for the man to be alone – Paul says be married, have sex – be normal. What a relief!! As Christians we don’t have to deprive ourselves or our marriage partners of this wonderful relationship. God knows it’s when we don’t live in this way that we get into all sorts of problems & satan has a field day.
Father thank you that you have created us for relationship and to completely enjoy each other within the boundary of marriage. P.S. I’m still waiting! 😉
Written by Suzie Hodgson