I find that most Christian men love the verse 1 Corinthians 7:5. Even if you don’t recognize the reference I’m sure that you will recognize the passage:
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. (NLT)
In Kate’s post, Emotional Lust, she took another popular verse and applied the intent to challenge wives. If wives should learn to be careful of their emotional influences and lusts, then husbands we need to learn an important lesson to.
Are you depriving your wife of emotional intimacy?
Many men would agree that sexual intimacy is a life blood of their marriage. With it removed their marriage is very tested. (If you doubt this you only have to visit the comment section of our post, The Sexless Marriage Trap) But guys, we have to recognize that emotional intimacy is the life blood of marriage for our wives. We cannot deprive our wives of the very thing that helps them to be connected to us.
I don’t like the idea of rewriting scripture passages, but I don’t think the intention of this verse would be substantively changed if it said, “Husband’s do not deprive your wife of emotional relations, unless you both agree to refrain from emotional intimacy for a time”.