Paul’s Advice… If You Are Married, Have Sex Regularly – 1 Corinthians 7:1-19

From my reading in 1 Corinthians 7:1-19 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Marriage  is the only legitimate place for sexual activity.

Because of this, Paul recommends those who have strong sexual temptations to get married and find their sexual fulfillment there.  The reason Paul gives for this is…

Regular married sex helps each other avoid temptation to find fulfillment elsewhere.

“But because there is so much sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. ” 1 Cor 7:1-2

When you are having your needs met by your spouse, outside temptations are not as appealing. Because of this Paul encourages married couples to have sex regularly.

Don’t deprive your spouse.

“The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife. Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. I say this as a concession, not as a command.” 1 Cor 7:3-5

Prayer is the only reason Paul gives for not having sex, but even then, he says that it should be short time so that Satan isn’t able to tempt you.  Paul says this as advice and we would be wise to listen to him.

If you are not married you should not be having sex for any reason with anyone.

For who are married let this be a reminder to enjoy your spouse regularly.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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