7:1-40 is Paul responding to questions about marriage.
Today, the matter is still crucial.
What is right? What is pleasing to the Lord?
What is God’s plan? What does God bless?
I am afraid there is not much of a difference from the church and our society when it comes to this matter.
His words to Corinth need to be heard and embraced today!
Personal Accountability– vv. 1-2a
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,
We are accountable before God for what we do with our body
Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Cor. 6:19
Sexual Immorality – ANYTHING outside of God’s covenant of Marriage
God’s design for the family (THE BEST FOR THE FAMILY)
Consider our current culture and the decimation of the family
As believers we should embrace and trust in God’s design!
Remember Wed night…. God’s Sovereignty and God’s Love
He knows what is best…His Will. His Plan.
Things will not end well when we take matters into our own hands
Marital Responsibility – vv. 2b-5
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.
Marital Union – v. 2
One man and one woman
A Covenant Relationship
Relationship of 3.
Man, Woman, and God
Witness… before others
Marital Intimacy – vv. 3-5
Gift not a weapon or tool.
We are one
Physical and Spiritual
The spiritual governs the physical.
Remember. We are a temple of the Holy Spirit. (The stewardship of our body is a spiritual matter)
I have heard… “We have a great marriage except for the intimacy.”
This is sad, the intimacy issue is a symptom of something else.
A few things to consider with intimacy
It is a gift from the Lord, so therefore it is good
It is a spiritual union (the devil takes what God has said is good and turns it into a selfish desire)
Embrace that we are created different (different by design)
Men and their expectations
Women and their expectations
Our body is not our own
Talk. Communicate the specifics of your relationships.
Open, Honest, and Loving
Place the needs of your spouse above yours