Prophets have taught that physical intimacy is a strong force in strengthening the love bond in marriage, enhancing and reinforcing marital unity. Indeed, it is the rightful gift of God to the married. As the Apostle Paul says,
“The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and like wise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.’ Paul continues, ‘Depart ye not one from the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.” (JST, 1 Cor. 7:4–5,). Abstinence in marriage, Paul says, can cause unnecessary temptations and tensions, which are certainly harmful side effects.
From: I Have a Question, Liahona, June 1980
(1 Cor. 7:4-5, KJV: 4. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.)
A few more side effects might be increased distance between the two of you, feelings of being unloved and unwanted by the spouse who wants and needs more frequency, diminished love and affection, feelings of resentment and anger, all of which I believe are just as harmful as the side effect of temptation and tensions.
In the quote above, the benefits of a satisfying sexual relationship in marriage can’t be stated strongly enough. And let’s not forget it is a rightful GIFT from God, our Heavenly Father.
Have a great Fast Sunday! And here’s a great idea: break your fast with a little lovin’ tonight!