1 Corinthians 7:1-5 Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 But because of immoralities, each man is to have his own wife, and each woman is to have her own husband. 3 The husband must fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Stop depriving one another, except by agreement for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer, and come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
-We see here the principle of morality in the marriage relationship that God has ordained. We see as well as the principle of mutual submission here, which Paul teaches on in other passages as well (Ephesians 5:21, Colossians 3:18-19). The depriving aspects that listed here have to do with physical and emotional withholdings that sometimes rip apart and tear down relationships that are sanctified by God for holy union. Paul says that this should never be in the marriage relationship as we look out for the other’s interest and keep them satisfied in fulfilling their desires out of a heart of pure agape love. This is our mutual duty and preserves the bonds we have covenanted at the altar of marriage. Both God and Satan know our passions and lack of self-control, so make sure that intimacy between your partner remains constant and faithful with vibrancy even after such things as fasting and times of intense prayer. We should notice too that these times of spiritual seeking where priority is given to abstain from physical and emotional bonds are by agreement in the marriage relationship. The union is paramount in all things and should be upheld. This guards against temptation by the enemy.