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I’m tempted to answer my own question, “You bet,” and leave it at that.
Yet I know the struggle that many Christian wives feel. I’ve felt it too. That sense that if you really enjoy sex with your husband…
If you desire, delve, and delight in sex…
If you even invite, initiate, and indulge in sex…
If you—heaven forbid!—mention aloud to other Christian wives how much you enjoy sex, then…
Maybe you’re not quite up to snuff on the disciple-o-meter. After all, how could you be so obsessed with the physical side of life when God is clearly only interested in the spiritual?
Unfortunately, the Church and its people have often blurred the lines between premarital purity and fully-endorsed-by-the-Father sex in marriage. Entire generations of women were raised in the church to believe that “good girls don’t” and, after marriage, “good girls do, but don’t want to.” The stigma remains in some circles that if you crave and revel in good sex with your husband, then you’re somehow lesser-than.
Here’s the biblical truth: God created you to be a sexual being, and God gifted marriage with the blessing of sexual intimacy.
God is not the least bit taken aback by a wife who loves having sex or even desires sex more than her husband. He’s commanded us to have sex (Genesis 2:24), and the Bible fully recognizes that we ladies have some sexual fire in us (see 1 Corinthians 7:3-9). God planted that desire and expects us to fulfill it in marriage.
Indeed, in Song of Solomon, a book of the Bible devoted to sexual intimacy, the woman eagerly invites her husband to make love to her. “Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers” (1:4); “Let my beloved come into his garden and taste its choice fruits” (4:16). And after the couple makes love, there is a part often attributed to “Friends,” but scholars now largely agree that the speaker is likely God Himself. In Song of Songs 5:1, God voices his approval: “Eat, friends, and drink; drink your fill of love.” In other words, chow down on the love feast, husbands and wives!
Moreover, we can look at how God created our body, the one He knitted together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Here’s more proof that God’s on our side when it comes to wives and sex: the clitoris. For years, scientists assumed that the clitoris had some reproductive or functional use, so they studied and studied. And came up empty. Its whole purpose is female pleasure. Yep, the clitoris is a gift-wrapped present from God for married wives to experience arousal, pleasure, and climax.
Despite the evidence, however, many Christians intimate that high-drive wives are, well, weird. Like we’re an endangered species, or should be.
It’s still common to hear Christian wives complain about their husbands wanting sex too much, state that they undress or make love in the dark, or wish that the biblical obligation to have sex would just go away. Some women recognize the importance of sex in marriage, but only insofar as suggesting that wives comply and meet their husband’s needs, without regard to completely legitimate intimacy needs that wives have.
And those of us who really, really like and want sex feel like dodo birds…or maybe, let’s face it, sluts. Indeed, with my history of premarital promiscuity, it was difficult to oust this label even from my own mind and embrace instead the way God saw my marital intimacy—as right and good and honorable.
Yes, spiritual. Consider that Jesus’ spiritual commands have a physical manifestation:
- Love someone…by treating them as the Good Samaritan cared for the injured Jew
- Help others…by giving to the poor
- Serve others…by giving your time and resources to care for them
Our deeds demonstrate the maturity of our faith and love.
Likewise, God blessed marriage with a physical manifestation of relational and spiritual intimacy with your mate: It’s called sex. And there is nothing wrong with you wanting to grab hold of that blessing.
Proverbs 13:12 states that “a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” God infused you with a longing for deep, physical intimacy with your mate. That doesn’t make you a flesh-crazed lunatic. It makes you the woman He made you to be. And He wants your marriage to fulfill that longing.
Meaning, find that husband and get busy, you godly woman!