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SEX: When A Wife Doesn’t Want to Make Love

“I have already gotten settled in bed, wearing my flannel nightgown and reading my book. Now that you’re in the mood, I’m not sure I want to go to all the trouble…” (A paraphrase of Song of Songs 5:3, 6)

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Sometimes the well-worn excuse, “I’ve got a headache, honey,” is actually true. Just the thought of having sex makes your head hurt, and maybe your heart as well. It’s hard to feel amorous when you’re angry or disappointed, and it’s equally difficult to desire your husband sexually if you’re not attracted to him.

Many women in difficult marriages lack a desire for sexual intimacy with their mates —and you don’t have to look far to understand why, at least in part. We’re all aware that women are wired differently than men when it comes to sex. While men often times are aroused by physical and visual stimuli, women usually need to feel affection and trust in order to be responsive to a man’s sexual advances. When a wife receives her husband during intercourse, she is, in a sense, allowing herself to be invaded by him —not just physically, but on emotional and spiritual levels, as well.

Wives who feel loved and secure can welcome this invasion as an opportunity to experience intense intimacy and pleasure with their husbands. But wives who lack sexual desire or who feel animosity toward their husbands often experience sex as a violation rather than as loving communion.

Many women in difficult marriages find sex undesirable. So, if you have problems in this area, know that you’re in good company —and that you can take steps to have a more satisfying and healthy sexual relationship.

You may be surprised to learn that Scripture can shed some insight into why [wives] may be feeling resistant or resentful when it comes to lovemaking. In a well-known but often misrepresented passage about marriage, Paul writes, ‘The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband. In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife’ (1 Corinthians 7:3-4).

These verses have been used to browbeat wives into feeling guilty for not wanting to have sex or for avoiding it. But notice that Paul doesn’t say a wife’s body belongs only to her spouse. It says it belongs also to her spouse. As ‘one flesh,’ a wife shares her body with her husband. Bible commentaries also point out that when Paul says we ‘belong’ to one another, he’s not just emphasizing our ownership rights over one another, but he’s also clarifying that our exclusive conjugal rights belong to each other —no outsiders allowed.

This passage does not teach that a wife (or husband, for that matter) should submit to sex whenever, wherever, and however our partner demands it, no matter how we feel. Rather, it teaches that since my husband’s body belongs to me, I should care about it enough to give it pleasure whenever I possibly can, and he likewise with my body. In the same way, since my husband’s body belongs to me, I should also be understanding and generous when it’s not “in the mood,” and he likewise with my body. The emphasis is on mutuality, not selfishness.

At first reading, this passage may also seem to teach that sex is a duty, a required act. But duty is better translated as sacred responsibility. Paul is advising couples to continue to have sex on a regular basis because sex is at the heart of our sacred oneness and helps to protect our fidelity. The intent of this duty isn’t that a wife complies with a husband’s selfish appetite for sex on demand or vice versa, but to fulfill her sacred obligation to meet her husband’s sexual needs, keep the marriage bed pure, and keep each other free of sexual temptation.

Let’s look at another passage. In Ephesians, husbands are told to love their wives “as their own bodies” (Ephesians 5:28). “After all, no one ever hated his own body,” Paul writes, “but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church” (v.29). God describes a husband who loves his wife so much that he puts her needs as high on the chart as his own bodily needs! In regard to sex then, if a husband loves his wife this way, there’s no danger that he’ll mistreat her or take sexual advantage of her, because that would be like hating his own body.

In God’s ideal picture of marriage, if a wife wasn’t feeling up to sex, for whatever reason, the husband would honor and respect her feelings as if it were himself who wasn’t in the mood. If a husband doesn’t love his wife this way, he —not she —is sinning when he expects his wife to be available for intercourse on demand and without regard to her feelings.

Okay, so now we see that God didn’t intend for a wife to be a slave to her husband’s sexual needs. However, on the other extreme —saying that a wife has no responsibility or can shirk her obligation to nurture a healthy, ongoing sexual relationship —is equally wrong and unbiblical. A wife who regularly refuses to have sex or is only willing to be intimate with her husband on her terms is also acting selfishly. If you consistently rebuff your husband’s sexual advances and resent intercourse, you need to take active, positive steps toward restoring consistent and mutually satisfying lovemaking to your marriage.

Here are some suggestions to start you on the path to discovery and change. For starters:

Tell your husband that you want to improve your lovemaking and you’re actively pursuing positive changes. Assure him that you understand that you have a part in the sexual problems in your marriage. Be sure he knows that your goal is for both of you to be sexually satisfied.

Take a “time out” from sex. Paul said not to deny each other except for a time of prayer (1 Corinthians 7:5). The reason for a sexual hiatus isn’t to avoid sex —it’s to pray and take active steps to bring about change. It’s not to stop resentment from building; it’s to bring healing so that resentment is no longer an issue. Talk about this with your husband. Tell him what you’re doing and why. If he knows the goal isn’t less sex, but more and better sex, he’ll likely feel less threatened by a time out and be more willing to see a counselor together, read books together, or otherwise, explore the problem. If he gets angry or refuses to respect your wishes, talk with a counselor in order to gain wisdom and support for what you can do.

Educate yourself. There’s not enough room here to address the myriad of emotional and physical aspects of sexual dysfunction, and there are plenty of good books available. One or both of you may have grown up with ideas or teachings about sex that are inhibiting you now. Some good Christian books include:

• Restoring the Pleasure by Clifford L. Penner and Joyce J. Penner

• Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus

• Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat.

Check your history. Could it be that past sexual relationships are interfering in your present one? Were you involved in sexual activities earlier in life that you left feeling resentful and used? If you have a history of any kind of abuse, chances are great that you need healing from these hurtful experiences before you will begin to have a healthy attitude about lovemaking. Since this is a complex issue, you should seek help form a professional as soon as possible.

Rule out physical problems. Sometimes physical problems, such as hormone imbalances, inhibit a woman’s desire for sex. If your troubles have more to do with a lack of physical responsiveness than with emotional resistance, see a physician who specializes in sexual dysfunction and explore possible cause and solutions. You should also visit your doctor if you don’t experience orgasms, if you lack lubrication, if you find intercourse painful, or if you are on medications that might be interfering with your sexual drive.

Experiment with being the initiator. In most cases where a wife is reluctant to have sex, the husband is the designated initiator, which can lead to an unhelpful pattern in which the problem only gets worse. Authors Clifford and Joyce Penner point out:

Because the wife doesn’t show her interest in being together sexually, the husband begins to believe she has no interest in him sexually. His insecurity is triggered by her apparent lack of interest, so he anxiously begins to initiate sex more often than he would want it if he were feeling sure of himself in relation to her. She feels pressured by his initiation, so she begins to avoid him or pull away sexually. The more he approaches, the more consistent is her avoidance. The more frequent her avoidance, the more anxious is his approach. It becomes a negative spiral.

Talk with your husband about waiting for sex until you approach him. Many men, once assured that sex will take place, aren’t put off at all by waiting for the wives to signal their readiness. If you are the initiator it may remove some of the feelings of pressure and duty you experience. Instead, it becomes something you are giving, versus something he is always approaching you to take.

Spell it out for him! “If she [a wife] feels uncared for, she may believe the only interest her husband has in her is sex,” write the Penners. “He comes home from work, turns on the television, sits quietly at dinner, and watches television after dinner. Then at bedtime he becomes friendly —and her anger sizzles.”

Sound familiar? Tell your husband exactly what it takes to please you in bed and to make you feel happy to be invited there. You’d be amazed how many men just don’t realize that a wife needs to be courted during the day, instead of only five minutes before lovemaking. And chances are, it probably doesn’t take that much: a midday phone call, kisses on the way out the door, a long hug when he gets home. Be specific about what you’d enjoy and list for him several small things he could do to help you be in the mood more often.

Consider sexual therapy. For some couples, the road to a healthy sex life may require outside help. Often sexual therapy involves literally starting all over again with a clean slate. Couples typically follow a program that begin with nonsexual touching; over the course of weeks, homework assignments build back up to intercourse (Restoring the Pleasure contains a step-by-step program). If your husband is unwilling to see a counselor with you, consider seeking help alone. You’d be surprised how much progress you can make this way. A therapist may not only be able to help you deal with your own issues pertaining to sex, but may also help you find non-threatening ways to talk about them with your husband.

Be honest about turnoffs. It’s important to find a way to let your husband know what dampens your mood. For years, Catherine’s husband Jason had no idea that his wife was repelled by the smell of a prescription lotion. When she finally mentioned it one night, he was hurt that she’d never been honest before. Now he never applies his bedtime dose of lotion until he’s sure that they won’t be making love.

If it’s something he can change, let your husband know that while you accept and love him as he is, you’d think he were sexier if he could deal with this particular problem. If it’s not something he can change, the problem then becomes yours. In truth, your sexual responsiveness to your husband, if all else is well, shouldn’t be dampened by baldness, graying, or wrinkled skin. If they trouble you, you need to deal with your own thought patterns and values and try not to let them detract from lovemaking.

Making changes in your sex life won’t necessarily come easily. Some changes might not come at all. However, never give up or relegate sex to the old days. A healthy sex life is foundational to every marriage. The Penners put it this way: “How important is sex in marriage? A simple answer is that when sex is compared to an automobile, sex is to the marriage what the oil is to the combustion engine. At least a little oil necessary to keep the engine running —without sex, one’s marriage will eventually break down.”

Dear Lord,
Thank You for the gift of sex! I want to become more and more grateful for this miracle of oneness You created. Help me, I pray; to do everything in my power to make my love life with the husband You gave me all that You would have it be. Restore our passion, revive our affections, and fill us with mercy and grace for one another. Amen.

The above part of this article came from the book, Lovers for Life: Strengthening and Preserving Your Marriage, published by Christian Publications, Inc. This book is a compilation of writings from over 30 different authors on the subject of marriage. Kenneth Musko is the compiler and Janet Dixon is the editor. Some of the contributing authors include: Gary Chapman, Kevin Leman, Cheri Fuller, Willard Harley Jr., Steve and Annie Chapman, and Bob and Yvonne Turnbull.


Paul Byerly, from web site gives additional insightful information you might find helpful as you read:

SEX FOR HER —When She Resists or Limits Sex


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154 Responses to “SEX: When A Wife Doesn’t Want to Make Love”
  1. Tommy says:

    (USA) I don’t have time for sex games. I have a very physical job & yet my sexual desire is still there for my wife but, her desire for me is lacking & getting worse. In 2007 I had this problem so I started going back to the gym to workout & get back in shape, which I did (thank goodness for muscle memory). It didn’t take long before I met a tall beautiful Italian girl (wow!). We swapped numbers & started working out together. She knew I was married but still invited me to her house & I willingly accepted. I didn’t stay long because I had to pick up my son from school. She even told me to come back later if I wanted to but, I opted to say good-bye for the day & end it with a hug & a kiss on the side of the mouth. I knew she liked me & was interested in me as I was in her. When I went home the desire for my wife was gone. I now had a new interest. Shockingly, one of the few times my wife initiated sex I turned her down. I guess she knows what it feels like (turn abouts fair play) but, this other girl (Brandi) was giving me the desire I needed.

    • Pavrone says:

      (USA) How proud you must be….but, God is not mocked. I felt lousy, but I’m feeling better over my choice of husbands. Whatever that may be.

  2. Jupo says:

    (USA) Bottom line is this, there is no way you can operate like you are supposed to in any marriage without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. From some of the comments I have read, it is a mockery of what GOD is. If you want your love life to be fulfilling with the wife of your youth, go under the knife like Paul says. Circumcise your hearts and let GOD cut away and perform surgery on you. This goes for the wives too. My wife and I are not perfect and have our issues, but we do not play around with the thought of stepping out. We have way too much to lose. There is no way we can do this naturally and sustain. If we are fleshly led we continually get fleshly results. Let the Holy Spirit lead instead of your carnal minds.

    • Pavrone says:

      (USA) Bravo Jupo, you said it all there. No love outside of Christ, just the devil’s filthy counterfeit and God makes that clear. Lust may include love, in the beginning but love never includes lust but intimacy! It’s alive, warm and intense.

      Women get the bad wrap of not liking sex but that’s because we are subject to men that walk 10 feet ahead of us gawking at other females. I would never treat my husband in such a way but we saw where his heart really was. Unable to perform (her own words) and what he could accomplish he had to think of me. The devil and his confusion!

      We do not fall in love, that is lust. But we grow in love as that Truth matures. The devil is always waiting for mid-life crisis and boredom to set in. We know what God says of idle hands.

      • Nik from India says:

        Sorry, but I beg to differ. Fleshly and spiritual are both parts of a being gifted by the Almighty. Who then, are you and me to discard or degrade the one and glorify the other? Accept both the way of the flesh and that of the spirit as God entrusted them to you. It’s amazing in this age how incapable we prove to be when it comes down to honesty with the self and the Good Lord.

        The Devil NEVER gave you anything. It was the Lord who did. As for lust, it’s nature’s way of instilling Love. If you look at it negatively, you’ll never understand Nature. What’s more, you’ll never understand the Lord Himself, as a consequence.

        There’s no need for hypocrisy, really. When we feel the urge to eat, do we look down upon food and instead glorify a diet that comprises air, sunlight and some water? Both are hungers, ultimately, and both come from the Lord who created this body and everything within and without. Just saying.

        • Rikki from says:

          Sorry to say, but I have to disagree with your comment, although factual, it is not truth. As Children of God, we are defined by God’s wisdom. Of whom the epicentre is our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Our desires to every thing in life must be governed by Him first. Remember that, they were reinstalled or renewed by the Holy Spirit. Also remember that lust came by sin and disobedience to God. Therefore we are not supposed to follow our natural instincts or be led by the lust of the flesh in this life, as animals do, that is if we are Spirit led, of course. Especially when dealing with fleshy desires such as sex, and our approach to food and nutrition.

          We are to be led by the Spirit of God in everything we do. That is, if we are believers in Jesus Christ of course. If we are not then this sort of Spirit led approach does not pertain to us. If we are not Christians, who’s desires are governed by the Spirit of God then you response is correct when dealing with food, sex and all other are areas of life. However if we are believers we must be led by the Holy Spirit first. Yes the natural indicators and sensors of the fleshly life are important, but only when under the control of the Spirit of God.

    • Michele says:

      (USA) Thank God for your comment. You may have saved some people time and saved their marriage as well! We need to be led by the Holy Spirit in these matters. Fasting and praying TOGETHER gets the job done as well. Great comment!!!

  3. Kevin says:

    (USA) I totally disagree with the interpretation provided by the author of Paul’s exhortation that the wife and husbands bodies are “not only their own, at least in the practical application provided by the author. The application provided here was that the husband needs to “be understanding” if the wife “isn’t in the mood”, rendering him with no “say so” or authority, yet the wife (if she thinks she is not affectionate enough) simply needs to make “positive” steps to please her husband, at a frequency that is good for HER.

    No doubt this article was written by a female! From the perspective of the author, the woman is in complete control of the frequency of sex in the marriage! That doesn’t sound like “mutual” to me, and that certainly doesn’t sound like “submission”. GASP! The S word was used! Gulp! The best example would be the cold wife who has decided that “positive” steps would be to have sex once per year, leaving the husband with no recourse except to continue to “love” and “understand” this arrangement.

    The divorce rate is 50% in the church as well as in the world. It’s no higher in the church b/c we allow these secular ideas to infiltrate what scripture is plainly teaching, thus polluting God’s Word with half truths such as this article. If husbands are to live their wives as Christ loved the church, (willing to literally DIE for her), then it is not unreasonable for a wife to provide sex to her husband even if, Lord forbid she gave a “headache”. In short, this article portrays a husband as this drone who must show an infinite amount of “love” and understanding, which gives the wife a blank check to offer her love and respect in times and amounts that SHE deems necessary. Isogesis at its best folks.

    • Jbd from United States says:

      Yes, we are to love her as Christ loves the church… the church is still full of sinners sanctified only because of Christ’s love for them. I think you read and heard only what you wanted to. I think the author was fairly clear and on point about this that neither one’s body belongs to them alone and that a husband is wrong if he is insensitive to his wife and would force himself upon her. And a wife is wrong who would routinely and often reject her husband’s advances, and any longer span of not having sex should only be done by mutual consent for the purposes of praying and fasting, etc. Perhaps you need to re-read the article.

      I am in a situation right now where my wife hasn’t made love to me in over a year and while it’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever dealt with in my life I’m trying to love her as Christ loves the church because he already made the sacrifice. No matter how strong my faith I’m still a wretched, black hearted, sinner who struggles with the whole gamut of human sinful behaviors and desires. Yet while I struggle to be more “Christ like” I’ll still fall short. But because I’ve repented, believe, and have accepted him as my savior, all is forgiven and washed away. So if Christ is content to wait on me… as he so often does… how much less do I owe my bride?

      • Ryan from United States says:

        I understand you feel as though love=sacrifice (sometimes this is necessary) but to say you’re a dirty black-hearted sinner is to say you don’t accept Christ’s sacrifice for you & you’re now not reborn with the Spirit of Christ. Forcing sacrifice is not his Spirit. Love (as a sacrifice) is neither love nor sacrifice. It’s living in the fleshly battle rather than living within his Spirit. Get my point.

    • Erik Ingram from United States says:

      Kevin nailed it! I couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t expect my wife to give me sex for any one reason. However women do use sex as a submissive treat persay. Women are a conditional creature.

    • Sara from Canada says:

      I know this is an old article/response, but I do want to point out (in case others stumble across this article in 2014) that the author is not female and has no bias.

      If “Kevin” paid attention to the footer notes, it says: “Kenneth Musko is the compiler and Janet Dixon is the editor. Some of the contributing authors include: Gary Chapman, Kevin Leman, Cheri Fuller, Willard Harley Jr., Steve and Annie Chapman, and Bob and Yvonne Turnbull”.

      There are MANY reputable authors that helped in this article. Seems like Kevin just does not like what is being said when it is truth that is being preached.

    • Michelle from United States says:

      Not all “Christian husbands” do their part. When a man throws his wife under the bus, refusing to put her above his parents or “the ex,” such choices tear down trust and thus intimacy. Moreover, when a man continues to bring up relationships that existed prior to his knowing his wife (in the case of divorce and remarriage), making false assumptions, HE tears down the marriage with his own hands. When the man thinks his wife’s only value is in what she can do for him, while her reward is a “roof over her and her kids’ heads,” HE tears down the marriage and destroys sexual intimacy. When a man spends marital assets on what he wants, refusing to help his wife with “her” bills, HE breaks down the intimacy. When a man withholds finances if he doesn’t get sex –including during that time of the month, when the wife is in physical pain, or when she’s just flat out in the middle of cooking a family meal –HE destroys the intimacy.

      Poignantly, if a man will not protect his wife, affirm her value, provide for her, treat her children as part of the family, etc., HE makes his own bed! Marriage is not just about SEX. But, when the sex goes south, men are often the first ones to throw tantrums, blame the wife, and wonder off… all while refusing to listen to his wife’s heartbreak or to look at himself in the mirror with complete honesty.

      • Sweetstuff from United States says:

        Thank you. I am struggling against divorce. My husband is most guilty of refusing to take a good look in the mirror. I’m so disgusted; I can’t even be bothered to go into details about why I feel the way I feel. Yesterday I actually started looking up information on the divorce process. He asked for sex and when I told him no, he said he is tired of me playing games withholding sex. He is completely out of touch. Completely out of order! Our household lacks structure as he completely refuses to provide any. Refuses to sit down and discuss finances or budget at all! He refuses to stick up for me when I am disrespected by men he knows. He barely compliments me on my appearance, will scarcely compliment meals, has to be told to get out of the car and help put the groceries in, won’t shower daily, does NOT let me talk even to fully answer questions he asks, won’t take us to church regularly, pray with me or the family regularly, stopped paying tithes and making offerings AND MORE.

        I’m not perfect, but he has not led our family closer to God, but farther away and I am weary. I don’t want my baby growing up seeing me devalued and with the examples my husband is setting for him in regards to how he treats me and his lack of leadership. He won’t go to counseling or accept any responsibility AT ALL for the condition of our marriage.

    • Ben from United States says:

      Let me point out just one sentence from your comment on which your point of view stands: “The best example would be the cold wife who has decided that ‘positive’ steps would be to have sex once per year, leaving the husband with no recourse except to continue to ‘love’ and’“understand’ this arrangement.”

      Now, the problem is, if we are to love or wives as Christ loves the church, we have to ask ourselves what recourse Christ had when those persons who make up the church caused him to have to die on the cross. His recourse would have been to sin by calling upon his angels to rescue him. A husband’s recourse is to sin by finding sex elsewhere. If you love your wife, obey God even when her actions are sinful and unfair. God Will soften her heart.

  4. Scott says:

    (USA) My wife of 18 years ask for divorce. We never fight. She has been unfaithful twice over the years. The last time was 9 years ago. Since that happened our sex life has declined to about once a year. Now her reason for divorce is that she has hasn’t felt love for me in years. After 1 session of therapy she stated over the last 8 years we had sex twice when she felt violated and cried and I continued. I don’t remember this. And now she no longer wants to be with me. Now what?

    • Tony says:

      (USA) Scott, you are saying she has betrayed you in two ways. First, she has had affairs. Second she is not engaging in enthusiastic sex with you now. My question now is why do you want someone who obviously is unwilling or unable to honor her vows to remain your wife?

      She is acting as an unbeliever, and scripture is clear that if the unbeliever wants to go, let her go. The believer is not bound when the unbeliever (and I interpret that to mean even someone who is behaving as an unbeliever) wants to go. 1 Corinthians 7:12-16. Verse 15 supports my stance. If someone wants to go, if they are behaving as an unbeliever they are to be allowed to go.

      Matthew 18 contains instruction about church discipline and if someone who is a member of the body of Christ refuses to end their sin, the church is to treat them as an unbeliever. Therefore, there is precedent in scripture to treat folks as unbelievers, even if they claim they are believers. Their actions are ultimately what determine how we treat them, not the testimony from their lips.

      • Ryan from United States says:

        In no way should we support a separation/divorce (let no man separate). God wants reconciliation just as Jesus’s sacrifice reconciled us to God (as Christ loved the church). I agree we shouldn’t try to control the actions of others & God will not punish the non-offender. But HIS heart is for love & reconciliation.

        • Tony from United States says:

          Ryan, I agree, which is why it’s so sad that so many wives (and husbands, but this topic is about wives who are not having sex with their husbands) are leaving their marriages sexually speaking. Frankly, I still see sexual refusal as sexual betrayal.

          You’ve left your marriage, sexually speaking, if you’re not having regular and enthusiastic sex with your spouse. You’ve abandoned your spouse if you’re not having regular and enthusiastic sex with your spouse.

          So lets just be honest about it. Lets stop making excuses for this manner of betrayal. We wouldn’t excuse a husband or wife for having a physical affair. Why do we offer excuses for those who sexually shut out their spouse?

          • Ryan from United States says:

            I don’t believe I’ve made any excuses for those things. Having Christ’s perspective is key here. I myself have dealt (a great deal) with this issue in my own marriage as well as physical infidelity from my spouse. I could have walked away but didn’t. Instead I prayed (which works) for strength & understanding from the Lord. Because I love my wife more than myself (which was difficult to comprehend at the time), I chose to trust the Lord with these things and he responded (& continues to in a mighty way).

            Thinking you must take action ties his hands when he wants to help you. There’s no excuse for wives or husbands to withhold themselves from each other. But it’s worse to pass judgement & circumvent the power of the Holy Spirit. There’s no excuse for divorce if God’s love is truly within you.

          • Tony from United States says:

            The Holy Spirit may or may not act. After all, my ex-wife didn’t want to make love, but had no problem having an affair.

            I waited on the Holy Spirit. But sometimes that’s not going to work out in accordance with God’s will. Your spouse still has free will. She can remain sinful and selfish regardless the amount of faith you might have.

            Don’t assume it’s the abandoned or betrayed husband who is hindering the Holy Spirit. It may be his wife (or ex-wife) who has turned her back on God and not trusted in His ways.

            Even if you don’t walk away from your unfaithful wife, that doesn’t mean that she cannot or will not walk away on her own.

            Having waited before, should it ever happen again, I would not wait. Maybe my choice would be different had I actually witnessed the Holy Spirit working successfully. But that is not my testimony. Mine is one of struggling to keep my faith without a single shred of evidence that God or the Holy Spirit or his church really gave a rip about my marriage and family.

            Maybe He did. But the outcome would make it difficult to prove.

    • Cindy Wright says:

      Scott, This is a situation where it’s difficult to give advice. I see where Tony says that you should let her go, if she desires. And scripturally, I can see where he’s coming from and why he gives that advice. I agree that you can’t hold someone against their will. And yes, the scriptures do tell us that the believing spouse is not “bound” when the circumstances are that the unbelieving spouse wants to leave. But just because you CAN do something, it doesn’t mean that you HAVE to do it, or SHOULD. You need to pray and ask God what to do about this because you never know all that is going on behind the scenes that could make it possible to turn this situation around. 1 Corinthians 7:16 asks, “how do you know husband, whether you will save your wife?”

      Scott, honestly, I would take a season to pray about this. Now that season can be a day or a week or longer… that’s something you need to determine. And if you feel that God is leading you to do so, you can approach your wife at a time when things aren’t stirred up in some way (in other words, be aware of the timing). Tell her that you would like to work on the marriage, but that it needs to be done together. Ask her if she is willing to do this with you, or if she would rather leave. I wouldn’t bring up divorce, if it can be avoided… just that she is allowed to leave if she desires to do so. Let all of that unfold in its own way.

      If you love her, tell her so. But also tell her that you don’t want to contribute to her being miserable, if it’s true that she no longer wants to be with you. Tell her that you don’t want to hold her to a roommate type of marriage, but one in which you both work together to pro-actively build your relationship in a way so love is able to grow and deepen as it should. Just because love isn’t being felt now, it doesn’t mean that it can’t grow again in new ways. I’ve seen it happen time and again and have experienced it in my own marriage where, when love is given a chance, God, whose very name means LOVE, can help us to grow it. Love CAN take root again, if we participate with God in helping us to do so.

      Pray and seek God as to whether you should take this approach or not. Just because something is dead, it doesn’t mean that God is not able to resurrect it again –breathing new life into it. But your wife (and of course, you) will need to participate in that type of miracle. If she won’t you aren’t bound. But if she might, then the possibilities are endless. I pray wisdom and discernment and clarity for you. I pray for your wife that God will talk to her heart and I hope that she will listen. No matter what, may you experience God’s leading and help in this very difficult situation. You haven’t mentioned children. If you have any, may they be considered utmost in all and may they somehow find and experience God’s peace beyond comprehension.

  5. Calvin says:

    (USA) I love my wife; she’s an awesome lady. We’ve been married 8 years, but she never has cared much for making love. I have always been the initiator, and it’s been ok until the last year she now has absolute no interest at all since our last child who is 6 months. I’m still being very understanding, do you guys have any suggestions? She works full time and is a full time mom and just is always too tired and says it doesn’t interest her at all, she doesn’t even want to cuddle; we get along just fine, we just have a working relationship…no intimacy. I have tried to initiate dates, etc…nothing works, any suggestions? Thanks

    • Marvin says:

      (UNITED STATES) I am a pastor. My wife separated from me two and a half years ago. I have tried to reconcile with her numerous times but to no avail. Her reasons for leaving were the typical culprits, you love the church more than me, you don’t try to understand me, the children are upset and distant from you (even though my daughter chose me in college as the most admirable person in her life). Even though I attempted to address all these issues she stated, her response was you’re not really sincere in your heart.

      I believe the last straw was when one month ago she told me she wanted us to go to counseling. I agreed and the very next week she visited me and told me she was not there (whatever that means), and that she had a confession. She had met someone else, and one thing had led to another, and she had broken it off. I was stunned as she walked away. Now I could deal with her apparent selfishness, and one act of infidelity but her unstability and wavering and lack of remorse was just too much to bear.

      Now mind you, I have prayed for the restoration of our relationship. But I have also watched. Could it be God is releasing me to move on down the line? I have casually met someone else while my wife ponders finalizing her initiated divorce proceedings and with mixed emotions I move forward. But I desire to love again. I am not the lone wolf style. I pray I make the right choice. God help me. Any other pastors who have been here before, please respond. I yet care for my wife but it’s beginnining to take a toll on me spiritually, as well as mental and emotionally!!!

  6. Melissa says:

    (USA) *raises hand* ooo oooo ooo i can answer!!!!! I am 48 and your letter is one my husband could have written, sans the baby part. I am healthy, absolutely in love with my husband but sex, making love, fooling around just are not on my list. I would not trade my husband for anything. He is loved and he knows it. He gets frusterated because I just do not have a sex drive. He on the other hand (age 56) is a wild child. Lordy, lordy he is always frisky. I get angry because I love to lay in bed and relax together. I love just holding his hand, cuddling,snuggling, falling asleep in his arms. That is love making to me. We do fool around once a week sometimes more but it is for him. I know he doesn’t deserve to be totally left out so I make sure I am there for that.

    I work for a vet and am full speed ahead 10 hours a day, come home cook dinner, clean and am just exhausted. My morning before work is slam full as well and it is just the two of us. I raised four daughters and numerous step children and foster kids. So even then I was worn out and sex just wasn’t on my to do list. After childbirth hormones are quirky. As we age the quirkyness is still there.
    I would talk to your wife and ask. And better than asking…write her a letter and ask how she feels and why. She may not even know why she feels that way. Ask her what YOU can do. Ask if there is anything you may be doing that is sending her in the other direction. (Not blaming but maybe her emotions have her feeling like you dont do enough around house etc.)

    Don’t say things that are hurtful (my husband does and words are like a knife to the spirit and heart). Do NOT accuse her of getting “it” somewhere else; don’t attack….something is amiss and she may not understand or know and may be unsure of what to do to be in “the mood.”

    I am one who personally feels lovemaking comes in different forms. And this stems from the main difference between men and women…women are from heart and men are mind driven. Y’all can make love just by thinking about it…we need to have our souls fed and our hearts cuddled. Please do not be angry with her. Help her, and just a last bit of input…we don’t like to think we are broken. We get scared because we are supposed to be superwomen, perfect and be at a level to compete with the likes of Angelina Jolie etc. To have to admit we can’t be any of those is sheer death to our souls. I will pray for y’all. I have been praying for my husband and I on this same matter and it is making a difference.

    • Melissa says:

      (USA) I also want to add that if you make comments that can have ANY negative connotations about her like her sleeping a lot, not doing housework, her looks sliding etc, they can make her go the other way sexually. And if you ALWAYS harp on her about not doing it not being in the mood, not being sexual etc again she will be really turned off more than before.

      My husband would say, you aren’t making love to me because you’re probably getting it somewhere else (omg I never even have that thought let alone action). He didn’t believe I was but they were words to justify why I would want to make love to him. He wanted me to hurt because I was in his eyes hurting him. He felt I was not finding him attractive or sexy …and my goodness I find him to be the most sexy man alive. But as a male he needed the love making to validate his marriage parking ticket. Again, just an insight.

      • Michelle from United States says:

        That is a common problem. Some men think they can treat their wives in an insensitive manner, using guilt to coerce their wives in to “love-making.” Love-making requires two willing parties… not just one who will do it regardless of how the other person feels. Coercion only creates more distance in the marriage. Some people think they can walk all over a woman’s heart during the day and “love” it at night. This is not healthy or rational.

        • Ryan from United States says:

          This works both ways. Either party can harm the other in the same manner you describe. But it’s obvious you’re speaking from hurt. You can speak truth without the Spirit but it holds no power, nothing profound.

    • Mary from United States says:

      I say this with the love of God. Some people will claim they love you marry you, then when they know you love them with all your heart, they want to leave. Keep God as your door and gate keeper. Maybe they want you to run after them or beg. People of God don’t have to beg, not even the one you are married to. If they want to go, tell them goodbye. And get before God and thank him for the gift of saying goodbye. Then move forward in him.

    • Jesse from United States says:

      Sex to a marriage is like glue. Like working out at a gym. If you have a good work out we won’t want to look at another gym. When we hold back and don’t fill the needs of out spouse we are giving the devil a opportunity to sugust to look some where else. It also applies with waring short dresses and scurts. It can lead a man to sin. The wrong clothing will contribute and make it harder for us as humans to keep from sinning. If we lead some one to sin we will have to answer to God. We must fill the needs of our spouse to help preserve the marriage. With LOVE. “And the greatest of these is love.”

  7. James says:

    (USA) First, I’d like to state that the article is very well written, and as a believer who studies God’s Word, I absolutely agree with everything said. Here’s my dilemma: our relationship has deteriorated to the point that my wife absolutely refuses to allow me to touch her. She even says that she doesn’t care if I sleep with someone else. We’ve been separated several times, and discussed divorce on many occasions.

    The only reason we’re together now is because it’s more convenient economically and less stressful on the kids. We sleep in separate rooms, and we don’t do anything together. She keeps claiming that when the kids grow up, she’s leaving. What, as a Christian, do you all advise, keeping in mind that I’m fully aware of scriptural principles concerning marriage, should I do?

    • Julius says:

      (USA) I do not have much experience with the issue such as yours. I have been married going on 7 years this year. I know when my pastor preaches, he always says to do right by your spouse although they are not doing right. As the man, GOD has called us to love our wives as Christ the church. The so called church helped crucify HIM. I would say continue to pray for yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal all of the inquities in you, then ask HIM to then show you HIS righteousness. Yes you can continue to pray for your wife, but ask that your heart remains clean towards her. Of course it is not easy, but it can be done. Go to your pastor or an elder to help counsel you during this TEST….I have faith in GOD and your abilities that were given to you by GOD. I pray with you!!

  8. Bob says:

    (USA) Do you realize that the NIV added the word “alone” in 1 Co 7:4? It isn’t based on the original text, because Paul didn’t say it. The NAS says “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.” The ESV says “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.” Paul was making a point and to have said “alone” wouldn’t have made that point. Neither spouse has the right to refuse sex to other. You need to figure out what God’s Word actually said before you start trying to advise people on how to apply it.

  9. Esmond says:

    (GHANA) Thank you for your elaboration on this subject of lack of sex in marriage. God bless you. To be honest during courtship I noticed these signs in her since we courted for 3 years. During one of the occasions she caught me with another woman almost about to make love. I explained to her the problem of lack of sex in the relatioship has driven me to that angle. Even though we were not married and also not born again Christians at the time. She acknowledged it and agreed to change. I went ahead to marry her 1.5 years later. Even on the wedding night it took us time to make love since she seems not interested.It continued in marriage and sometimes we made love once in two months, finally she became pregnant. During the pregnancy we could not make love up to four times with one excuse and the other. It continued after birth and is worse even now.I am realy pushed to the wall. I know all things are possible unto God. I am born again, I will pray and dwell on the Word for changes in my marriage.

  10. Sarah says:

    (CANADA) I’m a wife and mother of 4. My husband and I have been married for 19 yrs. We keep going around and around the sex mountain, but keep coming back to the same point. I don’t enjoy sex. I believe sex to be a natural progression from a very intimate emotional connection. I think that’s the way God created it. The issue with us has always been that emotional closeness is missing, so sex is strained. I feel used, when in fact, God created sex to deepen the connection. So, as a follower of Christ, I never refuse sex, but my husband knows that it is out of duty. There’s SEX, then there’s LOVEMAKING. What we are doing is emotionaless sex. (at least my side of things -I can’t even fake being into it, it’s like “do what you have to and get out”)

    I really have no idea how to “fix” it…so I’ve given it to God (for years now, I’ve given it to God) but it’s still a major source of conflict in our lives…especially when my husband is not satisfied with mechanical/emotionless sex and will not do it on those terms, so for the last few months, there has been nothing – which is making him resentful and he will go for periods of time without talking to me.

    He works hard around the house, does lots of little things for me, he is a good provider, but what I need from him is taking time to be with me (not for the purpose of GETTING sex) but just ’cause he wants to spend time with me (regardless of the outcome). To pursue me, to make me feel secure, to TALK to me more than just about who’s driving which kid where, to make me a priority and to value my input.

    He’s unable to be emotionally intimate with me – SO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS?!!! I don’t know. I have no answers. We are both committed to our marriage and to God, and will not leave, ever. But must we live a life of disconnectedness?

    All I hear from Christians is that I have to fulfill my duties as a wife, ’cause my body is not my own.’ Well, what about his responsibility towards me. His body is not his own either, so his emotions and thoughts need to be let out and connect with mine. Which comes first? He insists he would open up more if I wanted sex…argh!…the cycle continues… Lord, help us…

    • Tony says:

      (USA) So what you are saying is you are unwilling to perform your duties because you say he’s not performing his.

      And he’s probably saying the same thing. “I’d be willing to talk with her, but since we don’t have regular and enthusiastic sex, I.E. sex because she wants to have sex and not just because she wants me to talk to her, I’m not willing to meet her needs until she is enthusiastic about meeting mine.

      Since you are the one here, you are the one who gets the advice to meet his needs, be the more mature, more grace-giving person.

      You complain about the cycle. So what can you do to end your part of that cycle?

      • Sarah says:

        (CANADA) Actually Tony, I’m really not saying that I have the answer to any of it. I DON’T know. I do believe, and it’s based on biblical principles, that the health of the marriage is primarily the responsibility of the husband. That doesn’t negate my sinfulness. I WILL be accountable before my almighty Father for my sinful thoughts and interactions… I take that extremely seriously, because I live to glorify the Lord. I know that marriage is to be a reflection of Christ’s relationship with his bride, the church.

        I have quietly, but consistantly, wrestled with God on this issue for the greater part of my marriage -not to mention the often unspoken tension within our marital union. The idea being, that sometimes you can do your part in the marriage, which for me has been cyclical -yes admittedly, there are times when I feel empowered by Holy Spirit to show gracious and simple love, the unconditional kind, and then, there are times, after months of giving that nothing changes and I feel drained and powerless -and again, fall back into licking my wounds. I’m not saying it’s okay or good to think selfishly, but it’s the reality of living in the flesh, (for which, by the way, I continually come back to the foot of the cross and lay down my sin and repent.). It’s also the reality of living in a marriage where both partners are not committed to living out completely what scripture describes as sacrificial love.

        It’s ideal when a partner takes the initiative to love sacrificially, without any expectations of returned sacrifice, but the reality is that the marriage will not be what God intended if only one person is giving… so on that note, I ask, who has the most power to make the most changes in the marriage? the husband or the wife. The truth lies in scripture. The husband. Whether men want to accept the responsibility or not -they get to decide the health of the marriage.

        Let’s be clear that I don’t believe that women have no responsibility in this. I have known many “Christian” (and non-believing alike) women to consciously and deliberately derail their marriages. And for that they will be accountable to God. But scripture clearly lays out that the husband is to love the wife, as Christ has loved the church and gave his life for her, to present her (the church/the wife) TO HIMSELF Holy and blameless, cleansed by the washing of the word.

        Again, I want to say that I understand my “responsibility” as a Christian wife. I will continue to “put on love” to pursue God and to honor and respect my husband -but the kind of sexual intimacy described in Song of Solomon is NOT achieved by simply one partner committing to doing what they are supposed to… And the whole idea that “if I do what scripture says and then my husband will respond and then love me the way he is supposed to” is sweet, but sometimes, not the reality. Sometimes the partner will keep taking and taking, and yes it has the potential to drain the other person…and so a renewed commitment to honor God and my husband are inevitable in the pursuit of living for Christ -and so I press on… but it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not HARD.

        Sometimes, as Christian women, placed under the authority of our husbands, we feel powerless because we know that ultimately, God has placed the HUSBAND as the head of the household. That being said, I will continue to do my part (ie respect, love, honor, giving up of my body) as unto God, and I’m glad the responsiblity is not on me… Now as for SONG OG SOLOMON kind of desire that my husband wants from me? Well, that can only come when both are engaged in emotional intimacy.

        • Tony from United States says:

          Why wrestle with God? His word is pretty clear, have sex unless the two of you mutually agree to abstain for a time. God has already spoken on this. Perhaps what you are wrestling with is accepting what God has already said in His Word.

          • Ursula from Malawi says:

            Tony you seem to fail to understand her point. She is saying she DOES want to continue to meet her husband’s needs in the bedroom with love despite her own emotional needs not being met by her spouse (selflessly like any good child of God should be), but her pleas is for ideas on how she can perhaps directly or indirectly inspire some change in her marriage, be it through any future changes in her own conduct, or his.

            Your response is a tad judgmental and I feel condescending, perhaps because I have noticed a few other comments you have made in other similar forums. Forgive me if it’s too personal for me to mention that I have noticed a vein of anger towards women in general and unresolved bitterness in your writing and comments. Perhaps this would explain how you seem to have completely misunderstood the poor woman above. Your past, from your comments seem so terrible and I pray despite 8(?) years passing since your wife betrayed and left you, does not rob you of a better and brighter future. You deserve so much better because you come across as a very smart, articulate, and somewhat lonely man. I wish you all the best in life.

            God bless you both and I hope I have not offended you. If I have, forgive me.

          • Cindy Wright from United Kingdom says:

            Thank you Ursula, very well spoken. Please know that your kind heart is appreciated.

          • Tony from United States says:

            Perhaps I don’t understand. I didn’t use a single emotional word in what I said. I simply asked some questions. In Sarah’s post, she essentially diagnosed her husband. Suggesting that because “He is unable to be emotionally intimate…”

            So I asked why is she focused on her judgment of her husband and not on what God said.

            It’s odd, I found her post to be judgmental. After all, she’s here pinning the blame on her husband for the state of her marriage.

            Let’s examine her logic:

            My husband is unable to meet my emotional needs. That makes it difficult for me to meet his emotional needs. It comes across as if I can fix my husband, I can fix this. From my perspective, it looks like a blame shift. The marriage isn’t all it can be and it’s on my husband.

            I see her putting the blame on him. What I don’t see is any internal examination. Has she made it difficult and/or impossible for him to be emotionally intimate? After all, if she’s being judgmental, who would open up to a judgmental wife?

            That’s why I suggested she look to see if she can break the cycle. Why? Because she is the one who was here and he wasn’t. I can’t advise him if he’s not here.

            She says she believes her husband is the head and is responsible, but then complains about the direction he’s headed or how he leads.

            I do understand her point, as contradictory as it is. She wants to follow her husband, but not the way he leads. He sacrifices and does things for her, but not the way she believes he should. He wants an intimate marriage, but he’s not able to be intimate with her according to her judgment.

            So while you say I’m the one being judgmental, take a moment and read the contradictions and judgments in what she’s written.

      • Michelle from United States says:

        Seriously, if a woman isn’t feeling sexual it’s not like she can flip a lever and make the juices flow any more than a man can get it up when he’s not “in the mood” or is tired, sick, etc. If it’s not there, sex is PAINFUL for the woman. There is no pain for the man physically… he simply can NOT have sex. Surely THIS is NOT what God had in mind regarding sex! A little compassion goes a long way, gentlemen.

    • Bridg says:

      (CANADA) Sarah, God bless you. You have just put together the missing piece in my relentless search for the ‘missing piece’. Why women get turned off. You have just said it, something no one on this board has said yet… And that is, that it STARTS with the emotional connection. I wish I could go back and reply to all the men whom I have answered over the past year.

      Thank you Sarah, thank you, you may have saved me and many like me. Men are out there washing floors and rubbing feet, when it’s the emotional connection that is missing… Men provide this at the beginning of the relationship and then let it fall to the wayside.

      Was your husband EVER emotionally intimate? – Only you know the answer. If he never was, then you have a real problem. However, if he was at the beginning, then there may be hope.

      Sarah, thank you again, and again and again. I am going home now to save the rest of my second marriage. God bless you.

      • Sarah says:

        (CANADA) Bless you, and thank you for your encouragement… To answer your question, no. I’m not sure we ever had an emotional connection. I was in a very different place spiritually than I am now and was battling many insecurities. I confess I gave more than I should have, physically, before marriage. There were issues with him having feelings for another girl and at the time, it seemed like the right thing to do. The Lord’s grace and mercy on me are overwhelming, and his forgiveness is real. But we set this thing up for disaster, didn’t we?

        In faith, I believe that God will restore the years the locusts have stolen… until then, I remain hopeful that God can redeem this thing and make something beautiful for HIS Glory! May God bless your marriage Bridget; I promise to pray for you.

      • Steve says:

        (USA) Why is it that you feel that it’s up to men to initiate/provide the emotional connection? My wife uses the same lame excuse… “I don’t feel close to you.” Never mind the fact that she doesn’t look up from Facebook when I come home at night. Never mind that she’s insisted on separate bedrooms for 15 years because she just prefers sleeping alone. Never mind that she hasn’t touched me affectionately in 10 years. Never mind that she, a professing Christian, has admitted to using sex as a weapon against me. Nope, it’s just sit around and complain about the lack of connection, while doing nothing to change the situation.

        This is the same crap I’ve been seeing in churches for years. If the marriage is on the rocks, it’s the man’s fault. Women are blameless. You women are the problem. You think you’re perfect and have no responsibility in the relationship. Just blame the hubby. Where does the Bible say that the health of the marriage is primarily the man’s responsibility? Women can do more to destroy a marriage in less time than you can imagine.

        • Michelle from United States says:

          Steve, maybe you should consider BOTH sides and the nature of human beings? I’m certain that no one on this discussion board is 100% blameless for their marriage problems. Each person has a unique experience. Sometimes it’s primarily the woman’s fault; sometimes it’s primarily the man’s fault. Sometimes it’s the fault of BOTH people. If men do not want to take ANY responsibility for their marriages, then they ought not complain when their women don’t follow them in to the bedroom. “It’s the woman’s fault!” Not new words, my friend…

    • CSmith from United States says:

      You need to stop looking at the things you see as bad. You have said he helps around the house, helps with the kids, and he is a good provider. The Bible states you are a free moral person, which means you have the right to think whatever you want and see things however you want. You can pray all you want, but it is up to you to change how you see your husband and how he helps with the family. When he helps around the house, not only is he doing it for him and the children but also because he loves you. It is done so you have less to do.

      I hate to put it this way but the truth is he has spoiled you. I have a friend that refuses to help his wife except to have more children. He told me his job was to work and pay bills nothing else. His wife would pass out from disbelief if he did anything to help. He does not work but about half the time so they do not have much. My wife takes his wife out to lunch sometimes so that his wife can get out of the house.

      My advice to you would be to find and volunteer in a shelter for abused woman and children. And you will look at your husband in a new light. All of those woman would love to have a husband, and have all the sex he could ever want, to have what you have. Sorry to speak so straight but I have been to the shelter and helped out. I think it was also good for my wife to see. She told me she now knows what she has in me. And yes, it gave me a good feeling that she thought that. Have you ever seduced him? My wife does that to me sometimes and she loves doing that. She undresses me at the door, puts a blind fold on me, takes me to the shower, closes the bathroom door, takes off the blind fold. As she left the bathroom she told me not to come out of the bathroom; just to dry off and call her. She came and got me, put the blind fold back on me, and the rest of the night is for my memory. lol

    • Jesse from United States says:

      If you love your spouse over yourself out of love with love and that will help break the cycle.

  11. Tom says:

    (USA) When a husband has done all he knows to do from scripture, to love as Christ loved the church and his wife still neglects his needs, and not just sexual desires, he is forced to remember that she is a weaker vessel who, like the church, is selfish and needs to be lived with in an understanding way. This is the deepest pressure and hottest fire God puts his man through, to temper him like steel for greater love for Him and more demanding service in His kingdom. I’ve lived with my wife for 31 years, 20 of them she has been disabled and has chosen to self medicate secretly with alcohol. She has also lost the ability and desire to be intimate. She is still my bride and I still choose HER each day. God has caused much growth as a result. Men, you MUST decide that being His man is more important than sex. When you lose that part of your life for His sake, you will find it.

  12. Husband from United States says:

    It’s actually easy and I can spell it out in little words:

    God made woman for man’s accompaniment.
    Populate the earth.
    Man and woman should marry if they are having sexual desires.
    Once married you are of one flesh.
    Do not deny sex to your partner. It may cause infidelity.

    Don’t make finite grey areas to support whether or not you should have sex with your spouse. The answer is yes, you should. And only stop when you both agree and it’s time for prayer. Convoluting Bible passages for others to interpret as scripture is just as bad as forging new words. Pretty sure no one here has been touched by God to write extra versus of the Bible. Just take it at its glorified value it was written in, and stop presenting such a skew on this.

    Lots of things in life can be seen as controversial. Is the sky blue? Answer: Yes, the sky is blue. Unless you are being argumentative and want to explain how the sky has no true color and it’s just the degree at which light is bent at specific angles throughout the atmosphere and sometimes displays alternate colors.

    Some Bible passages are written in parables so it is easy to understand the concept (or spirit) of the word. Others are written with distinction. I’m pretty sure God chose his authors wisely and not carefree.

    Final thought: Words have meaning; he meant what he said. He used precise words PRECISELY.

  13. Anne from United States says:

    Everyone, just remember: God created men to have much more sexual pleasure than a woman. Everyone has always known that, and it is proven scientifically and on and on. Women on the other hand, have more intimacy, love, bond, closeness, and warmth then men. Men need their wives to satisfy them sexually, while the wife needs the husband to give her intimacy and love. What the world has done is switched the truth. Do not do that, if you argue with this truth then you are arguing with God. It perfectly balances out one another, just like God intended it to be.

  14. Randolph from Malaysia says:

    Can anybody give some advice please? I have been married for the past 12 years. When we first got married our sex relationship was active but my wife does not like having kids. After we had our first child, she said she did not want any more children but we accidentally had our 2nd child. She was so upset that now she does not want to make love anymore and if she does it is only out of obligation without any feelings. That hurt me a lot. Even when I ask to make love she would push me away. At times I just feel like looking for it outside but I have the fear of God and at the same time I need it so badly that it makes my anger arise. Please advise me what to do, and please don’t tell me to talk with her. She never wants to know or listen.

    • Cindy Wright from United States says:

      Why doesn’t she get fixed –have her tubes tied? Since she doesn’t want to have kids, why not? It’s not that bad of a procedure. And then she doesn’t have to worry, now or in the future.

    • Mary from United States says:

      If you have tried talking and it’s not working, it’s time to pray, fast, and bind the strong man (the devil). If you are a God fearing man that’s your kingdom right as a man of God. Ask God to make all things new, to make you strong to keep you covered in him. You see children are from God, so when he blesses us with them who are we to say I don’t won’t this? Tell the devil he is a liar. And pray much for your wife. It just may be she doesn’t understand. Be blessed and stand your ground in Jesus’ name.

  15. Craig from United States says:

    Good article but the correct worded script for 1 Corinthians is: I Corinthians 7:3-4) New King James Version: “Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.”

    In other words, once a couple becomes married they must be willing to satisfy each other sexually or else satan will get involve in that relationship. I know married couples who go years without sex and the wife gives an excuse about being stressed. I call that long term stress. Sex is what helps relieve stress. It’s like having a job. Will you stop going to work because you’re stressed? Will you stop feeding your kids because you’re stressed? No. Sex requires energy, just like other tasks. Sex is a confirmation if the marriage is dead. Love is an action, and since marriage is supposed to be until death, a person should not give their spouse the death penality by neglecting their sexual needs.

  16. Mario from Italy says:

    Hello everybody, my wife refuses to do sex with me, also she doesn’t cook for me since I work and she doesn’t want to find a job. She sleeps in another bed and I fear she loves someone else and surely not me. She tells me my belly is too big, that I’m stinking. But my weight has been the same since when we got married 3 years ago. She wants a better car, she wants plastic surgery on her nose to gain beauty. She wants me to leave Italy, leaving parents and friends and my job to earn much money.

    I fear she married me only to get Italian nationality; praying she’s only under a period of psychological disease. I look forward but I’m quite sad and maybe I’ll find a lover. Anyway I’ve never been a handsome man to the eyes of the women. For me was ok to have sex about twice each month, but she seems so selfish also with other things. For example when I call for her she doesn’t come. Stranger in my home, before getting married she was a better person.

  17. Mary Coleman from United States says:

    You took your wife for better or worse. You see how this new women makes you feel. I’m sure at one time or another your wife made you feel the same way. And any woman who will go after a man knowing he’s married is not much of a woman. If I were you I would run, as if my life depended upon it. How many more married men has she taken home? Love your wife. Love can overcome anything.

  18. Bruce from United States says:

    I had been waiting for a long tome for a promise to be kept, then I found out others were using what was promised to me. I admit that my reaction was pretty bad and terrifying over the next two weeks; 2 men sent to emergency, me forcing my wife to have sex with me, and for a year I have been in a rage. All of the reasons given had to do with control issues I’ve had for the last 32 years.

    I have been in a stress center twice now for what they are calling a PTSD enabled episode.
    My counselor said that I now might be too damaged to ever accept any type of reason for the way my wife treated me. She said I was fully capable of being a forgiving person but my wife’s and family’s attitude was what stood in the way; specifically my father, he says he just tried to make me a responsible man. My resonsibilllty was to kiss all of his friends rear. Now he knows if they present their rear I am probably going to kiss it, with my foot.

  19. Mabrouk from Tunisia says:

    Feedback: Your article was very profitable for me and family. My marriage was on the brink of divorce for a while because there was a blocking on the side of my wife towards me. There was a lack of communication at her disposal to be prepared, and a little selfishness on her part not to book time off regularly to discuss.

    I left her your article and I asked her to read it. She told me it was interesting and that evening we discussed it. I identified the blocking problem for me and she realized her selfishness. I think we are back on solid ground. Thank you and God bless.

    • Cindy Wright from United States says:

      Thank you Mabrouk, for sharing this with us. God has indeed blessed us to allow us to participate with Him and with you in this awesome mission. May God draw you and your wife closer together to be intimate in every day possible –physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually. May your marriage be blessed!

  20. Joyce from United States says:

    I’m married for 7 months now with a veteran-sergeant who served for 10 yrs. After marriage our sex stop completely!!! Now she goes for therapy with the VA but nothing seems to change. We were really active before marriage and I noticed some bi-polar disorder and lots of insecurities to mention a few, but went for a weekend to a deep intense therapy and she became way more calm and more sensitive and acted more calm than when she used to raise her voice and scream and act up every time she didn’t like something.

    We are young and I need her to want me!!! I know she loves me and I do too, other wise I wouldn’t be with her, helping her go through all this, helping her build her credit back, fixing her debt situations and everything about her. But she doesn’t understand that I need that touch we used to have or attention or sex at least once per week?!!! What to do???

    We are Christian people so I cannot go and cheat on her… although I feel like not carrying about that. What should I do??? I’m in depression and lack of sleep at nights… Not funny. I’m becoming a different person. :( I don’t even have a life cuz everything I do is for her and to her. You can respond back to me. Thanks.

    • Miki from United States says:

      When the wife stops being interested or she is turned off it’s because she is sexually or just emotionally involved with the other man. Everything else you guys wrote here is wrong, wrong, wrong! Truth hurts…

  21. Greg from United States says:

    Please Help: I have been married for 28 years and our sex life is not there. About 7 years ago it started to drop down more and more less sex like 4 to 7 times a year. Three years ago she lost both breasts and still doesn’t have replacements. So I live with it. I have a high sex drive but it is to make my wife feel good first. I gave her more orgasms than me. Well, at 57 I lost my job and can’t find one because of age. I’m lost in the world so I am down a lot because sex is not there.

    I just read sex story and watch a flirt but don’t have a membership. I just talk to them and dream that it is my wife. She told me to stop reading and flirt watching, but our sex life is not there. I’d love to make my wife feel great in bed; that’s why I always put her first. But now she hates me and I don’t understand why. Does a little reading and flirt to ladies hurt?? The last three years we have sex 3 to 5 times. We are both home 24/7 and never have sex; the hot tub she hates.

    So today I told her I will stop; that is why I am emailing you. My wife does not like it outside or doing things with me but I told my mother I will never divorce her. Tell me what is wrong with reading sex story only? I just don’t feel like a man now; also I am not to touch myself and she hits my hand in bed. Please help. She goes to a concert and that lady tells Cindy she doesn’t have to take care of my needs. Thanks for your time, and GOD BLESS YOU.

    • Greg from United States says:

      Why has no one answered me at all? Please help. This may not be a good website for problems.

      • Rose from South Africa says:

        Dear Greg, I am sorry to hear of your problems. So sad to hear that your wife has had to have both her breasts removed. Greg, in answer to your question with regards to flirting with other women and reading sex stories I can only say that, yes, this will most definitely be hurting her. Your wife will be feeling embarrassed of her body now and having her husband receiving sexual excitement from outside influences must be so hurtful. Your heart seems true Greg, in wanting to please your wife. I pray that through love and affirmation you will win her affections back.

    • Steve Wright from United States says:

      Greg, I want to add to what Rose said…coming from a man’s perspective. I grieve with you over the loss of the source of intimacy that is most important to you –a meaningful sexual relationship with your wife. I also understand it is all the more important to you “as a man” since you lost your job, which for most of us men is a major part of our identity and worth.

      Of course, we realize our REAL worth comes from our relationship with Christ, and it does help us deal with the loss of a job, but there is still the need for us to get our affirmation and value from the physical relationship with our wives at time like these.

      From your brief description of what has been happening since her double mastectomy it sounds like your wife never got good counseling after the surgery in being able to help her deal with this great loss in her life. It sounds like you have tried to be very compassionate and understanding, giving her the “space” she needs to be able to heal. But she just hasn’t been able to get beyond the physical change.

      You see, like how we men put so much importance on our jobs for our self-worth, some women put so much value on their physical appearance. Our American culture and society is to blame for that as women are “fed” images of other women on TV and elsewhere that portray a “physical appearance” that all should aspire to achieve – which is an impossible image to attain.

      Now, here’s where we men add to the problem. When we start viewing and flirting with these “Internet images,” we are sending a message to our wives that they aren’t good enough for us (sexually); they aren’t pretty enough for us, so we turn to some “pretend” image to get our satisfaction. I can’t tell you the number of letters we get every year from women all over the world who catch their husbands using porn who are not only angry but hurt beyond words because of what their husbands have been doing.

      Add to this a woman who has undergone a double mastectomy who finds her husband turning to the Internet for his emotional/sexual connection and you can bet her self-worth is in the toilet.

      Greg, please don’t allow yourself to believe the lie that because you hurt so badly, solutions to do that which you shouldn’t are acceptable. Yes, you are hurting because of the lack of sex over the past few years and because of the what seems to be a lack of compassion on the part of your wife. But it’s not acceptable to go anywhere outside of your marriage to find sexual excitement or fulfillment.

      I suggest you do a couple of things. First, get the book, Every Man’s Battle written by Steve Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. It will help give you some tools to deal with any sexual addiction issues you may have [this book transformed my life a number of years ago]. Another thing you can do to try and talk with someone about your situation is to go to the organization, They have a call-in radio program you can call and try to get on with them to talk about this. You can also contact Focus On The Family at 1-800-A-FAMILY where they have counselors available to talk with you.

      As for what this woman told your wife at a concert that she “doesn’t have to meet your needs,” that is not what the Bible says. This woman was wrong!!! Your wife needs good, Godly counsel. If she is open to it, have her go to our web site and read a few articles on this subject that we have posted, which come from a biblical perspective.

      Unfortunately, Greg, there is no “quick fix” to this problem. This is one of those times where you are going to have to continually “die to self” and sacrifice your desires and wants. It’s not fair, but sometimes God wants us to put every human need and instinct aside and simply “obey.” While you do this also pray that God will lovingly speak truth into your wife and that her heart and her ears will be open to receiving the healing He wants to give to her so she can be “whole” again and restore your sexual relationship. Blessings! ~ Steve Wright

  22. Alessio from United States says:

    We have been married 33 years. I had 8 major surgeries in the past five years, and put on weight as a consequence. Now that I feel better and have lost 50lbs, I am interested in being intimate with my wife but when I approach her she gets angry. She has also left the house twice, overnight, after arguments over upcoming weddings of our daughters; and when she returned the next day she said that she had slept in the car at a park. She is very protective of her cell phone, and she thinks I am tracking her movements through it.

    We are Catholic and if Jesus himself told me she was cheating I would not believe him.

    But still, it eats at me every day that she is no longer interested in intimacy. Lately she had said that she is disgusted by my weight, but there were times over the 33 years when I gained weight, and we were intimate over those periods. I still have another 50 to lose, but I am not disgustingly fat. I was a body builder and I recently returned to the gym and have put on muscle weight.

    We do normally get along very well and we are generally happy. Yes, we have had our verbal fights, but we get through those and we love each other. We go out at least once per week, I have taken her to Italy several times, and we are planning Carribean vacation.

    My wife does not have any medical issues, but she had a full hysterectomy about 15 years ago. Even after that we were intimate. How do I break this? Can a marriage last without intimacy?

    • Tony from United States says:

      Listen to Jesus. It’s unlikely she’s not cheating. The signs are there. Away for overnights, guards her cell phone. Take it from a betrayed husband, the red flags are there.

  23. James from United States says:

    The medication the VA had put me on had stopped my sexual desire. But now my body has those desires to be with my wife again. My wife tells me no, never a yes. Our doctor said he could help, but she refused. I understand if she isn’t in the mood or not feeling good. But all the time, I don’t understand.

  24. Iowa from United States says:

    I am still a newlywed. Me and my husband have only been married for 3 months and I am just not into sex. I am only 34 and he is 28. We have no children together but I have 4. He always initiates it but I tell him to stop and I’m not in the mood. I just don’t have a desire. I realize our marriage is fumbling so soon. What can I do?

    • Truthseeker from United States says:

      Stop saying no once in a while and see what’re happens.

    • Tony from United States says:

      Tell him what it takes to get in the mood. If you don’t know, then move heaven and earth to find out. Did you ever like and/or want sex? If so, what were the circumstances and how do you recreate them? Do you find that once you start, you get into it? If so, then don’t stop him. Just because you’re not in the mood at the beginning doesn’t mean you can’t be in the mood as intimacy progresses.

      I’m not in your head or heart, so ultimately you’ll need to explore the issue and find answers that work for you AND your husband.

  25. RICK from United States says:

    The reality is if a woman marries you for reasons other than love, (financial, spiritual or moral support), then sex will not be fun for her. You will think she is in love with you because of her great acting routine, but years down the road when she feels she has accomplished her goals you will shoulder the results. And ask yourself too, did you marry her for love or sex, because men sometimes marry soley for physical pleasure.

  26. Sam from United States says:

    Great article…but how then do I give this to my wife and suggest she reads it? She has admitted that the sex drive is her issue to deal with and “needs time” to deal with things…how much time? It’s been 4 years. Nothing has changed, only gotten worse.

    I know you all will say, “just give it to her and have her read it.” But it isn’t that easy when you have been round and round and will only serve to start a war.

  27. Marcus from Canada says:

    There are a lot of truths in both the article and the comments, including what Kevin is saying. As a husband, I often feel like I’m pestering my wife and it’s never the “right time”. I feel like I am trying to be loving and understanding by giving her space, encouraging her, listening to her, doing my share of the chores, doing her share of the chores, looking after the children, taking her out on dates, making compromises, cuddling, giving up what I want for what she wants, etc, etc. None of this seems to make any difference. There is a lot of advice out there saying that it’s the husband’s responsibility to fill up his wife’s “love tank”. So the eager husband goes out and does the best he possibly can while trying to be patient and understanding. Meanwhile, months go by and nothing changes. Why? The answer always seems to come back on the husband, what he did or did not do right. How can this be an answer? I would bet money (if I did that) that most husbands having issues with this have approached their wives to discuss the problem and each time the immediate reaction is anger and defensiveness, followed by turning specific “examples” around to demonstrate that it’s all the husband’s fault. I can hear the women thinking, “Well, it is HIS fault!”. A typical attitude.

    In the end, the message we husbands get is to suck it up. This is “just the way your wife works”. Nonsense! While it is true that husbands need to be sensitive, wives need to accept *some* responsibility if the husband approaches you to tell you he’s not feeling good about the intimacy in your relationship. First of all, believe him! If your husband takes the time and courage to approach you about such a difficult subject, there must be a problem and it is not all his problem. Second, your husband is not saying there is something wrong with you! More than likely, he thinks there is something wrong with him and his confidence is already bottoming out. Third, don’t try to place blame! Intimacy is an issue for BOTH of you to deal with, don’t leave him to “figure it out” on his own. Fourth, don’t try to take over his role! There are many issues surrounding submission and leadership, and your husband does not appreciate the lack of respect shown by pushing him aside while you deal with issues the “right way” (ie your way). Fifth, try encouraging your husband! Wow, who would have thought that Ephesians 4:29 can apply to all relationships.

    Let me put it this way, most of the time we husbands feel very much like we are responsible for knowing exactly what our wives want, when you want it, how you want it, how you are giving love, how you receive love, everything you are thinking… and we are expected to change to work around you. All without you having to say or do anything. This is not a “mutual” relationship! The fact is, neither of you are perfect. Please repeat that in your head, “I AM NOT PERFECT EITHER”. If that was difficult for you, please ask God for humility. BOTH partners in a marriage need to make compromises and changes for each other. In this day it seems that the message to men is “All women are totally fine and perfect. All men are messed up and need to change.” I am quite sure the majority of women I know wouldn’t even think twice about cheering on that kind of statement. It’s really disturbing and disgusting, especially from Christian women.

    Have any of you read “Love and Respect” by Dr. Emerson Eggrichs? Well my wife’s book club did and guess what the reaction was? Just take a wild guess… Did you think any of the following?
    “I was really dreading reading this book, so I didn’t really bother.”
    “I am not doing that!”
    “Well he doesn’t do A, so why should I do B?”
    “Well maybe if he would do a better job, then I wouldn’t have to take over.”

    Well I read it and my reaction was “Ohhhhhh! Ok, I can do that”. You see the difference? Then again, the eager husband goes off and tries to implement the suggestions in the book. No change! In fact, I now can see how she’s not doing much of anything from the book. Do I go and tell her how she’s messing up? Goodness, no! The immediate reaction would be anger and defensiveness, followed by specific examples how it’s my fault. *Face palm!*

    • Michelle from United States says:

      Please read your own words. Do you REALLY think that men are the only ones with insecurities? While you admit that blame rests on both parties, you seem to also be demonizing women. Not every situation is the same. It’s easy to make overly simplistic statements and assumptions about how intimacy works or does not work in a relationship. It’s not so easy to look one’s self in the mirror and to stop throwing stones. There are a lot of husbands who like to use scriptures to ABUSE their wives’ trust. How about using scriptures, which apply to you to foster a heart of trust in the true spirit of godliness? That goes for wives, too.

      Also, if a wife is strapped down with a full time job, has children, and is also expected to carry most if not all of the domestic load, cut her a little slack and go TAKE A COLD SHOWER… just in case you think she’s trying to usurp your role.

      • Gil from United States says:

        I think you are wrongly rectifying this brothers comment with a edge of bitterness. He was merely presenting from a mans point of view, for men! But believe it or not the statement still stands. Women are more likely to be this way than men. Not all! but yes more than not.

        Imagine if you will if you were pregnant and or it was special time of the month and you just had to have blank….back rub, chocolate, hot shower,etc. Well those hormones are easily justified giving the stress those things put you through and are as equally accommodated to. Now it is the same for men(and some women) when they have physical needs.

        Your suggestion is a cold shower, as if this man were a dog in heat. He is a man of God, and as such he heard “if we burn with passion it is better to marry”, and obeyed. Now he is in an even worse state than before and trapped until ones death unless his significant other decides to change. So please, before you judge or raise a heavy hand, try to step in ones shoes are at least be edifying to an extent.

        • Faithfull from Canada says:

          Great comment Gil. Totally agree. My perspective. My wife stopped desiring sex 22 years ago after my son was born. Always rejected me. I was angry. A lot. But as a Christian, I had no option but to stay.

          About 3 years ago, she showed up in my bed. I rejected her. I am still trying to figure out why. I have come down to this. I do not want to have sex with someone who doesn’t like me. I value sex more than that. If my wife rejects me for 22 years, that tells me she does not want me. I will not abuse her.

      • Z from United States says:

        I am really beginning to hate this thread…A few perspective post sprinkled here or there but it’s basically an illustration of the years of arguements described in the original post. Nothing said has been solution oriented…I came to this thread looking for answers, and I think I want to run my head through some drywall.

  28. Inquiring Brain from United States says:

    Honestly, I just glanced at the article so far and will have to read it thoroughly later. But the author manipulated the first two Scripture passages they cited to meet their agenda. It seems difficult to trust the rest of what was said. It amazes me how people feel justified in misquoting God when they wouldn’t do that with some contemporary text. Why generate a conclusion and then go to the Bible for support? Shouldn’t you look at the Bible to see what God says and then generate the conclusion?

    The author thinks they have successfully shown that sex is not required and not that important. If so, am I free to ignore her needs? Can I quit talking to her? If there are no requirements, which there clearly are from an honest reading of 1 Corinthians, then why are we married? It’s just roommates with some financial and family entanglements, and occasional fringe benefits. Someone needs to rethink this.

    • Cindy Wright from United Kingdom says:

      Dear “Inquiring”, please read the rest of the article –otherwise, it can be taken out of context. The second paragraph of your comment shows that the total picture isn’t in place because that’s not what is being said at all. There are responsibilities for both partners to consider, address, and do something about. It’s all part of being a part of the sacred relationship of marriage.

    • Michelle from United States says:

      You may want to read the entire article BEFORE jumping to conclusions.

  29. Gil from United States says:

    I get it that most of the society have men that are chauvinistic and want to brow beat. But when are you people gonna learn that there are good Christian men who deeply love and adore their wives and still get treated with contempt when propositioning for intimacy.

    It makes me sick that men get overlooked or be made to feel guilty or get burdened with all the responsibility of building intimacy. Yet women can proposition and get turned down and then it’s the husband’s fault when they stray. It’s views like this that unequalize society and create super feminist and the hen pecked husbands we all know.

    Then comes “why dont you lead your household and be the man”?Lesbianism stems from this attitude and until people as a whole realize men are equally victims here, even being the one wanting, this problem will continue to worsen and infidelity will rampant.

  30. Angryguy77 from United States says:

    These comments about helping more around the house etc will help a man get more intimacy are nothing more than rubbish. Suggesting such is a signal that the thought comes from an amateur who doesn’t understand what causes a sexless or almost sexless marriage. I guarantee that if you started doing the majority of chores around the house, your spouse will come up with another excuse. There will always be a bar you are not meeting that will give the refuser justification in denying you what you are entitled to.

    Don’t believe me? Then try doing more of whatever it is your refusing spouse is asking you to do for several weeks and see if it changes. I’m a member of a group numbering over 10k and I’ve read countless stories about people in these types of marriages. I can’t tell you how many have tried x y and z to no avail. This is why I call shenanigans on the notion of house work = more intimacy. Not one account showed this method to be successful.

    To the men here who stumbled on this article, do not buy for one second the notion you doing more house work will get you more of what you desire. If you’re a good and loving spouse, yet you’re getting refused most of the time, the problem most likely isn’t with you. You will want to know why, but you’ll never know why because the root of the problem most likely isn’t what you are or are not doing. It’s that your spouse arbitrarily decided to ruin your sex life. The reasons for that decision will never be known.

    To the women here complaining about lack of an emotional connection, I want you to think real hard about when exactly did your husband withdraw. This is a chicken/egg situation. At one point, one started neecting the other and caused the mess.

    If you withhold sex, you’re driving him away and creating a scenario where he doesn’t want to be there for you. How would you feel if your man simply quit conversing, shopping, or fixing up the home simply because he was “too tired, stressed, or felt ugly?” This is disturbing to see so many Christian women acting the same as the non believers. We as Christians should not be selfish

    I don’t have sympathy for women or men who refuse their spouses. There is no justification for it (excluding extreme cases). Think about this, is giving your husband about 20 minutes out of your day a few times a week not worth it if it could improve your marriage and your happiness?

    I know I only addressed here, but I do realize that many women are in the same boat. Much of what I said applies to them as well.

    • Jhansi from United States says:

      Like the way you explained… 20 min a few times a week was mind blowing. I will remember that to improve my marriage life.

  31. David from United Kingdom says:

    I love my wife so much forever and always. But since we have married sex has become an issue. I want to make love to her and no one else. I am 52 & she is 60. She says I have a high sex drive. I don’t think I have. Three, four times a week? We go to church ever week. I want nobody else in my life and will love her till the day I die. Please help. All I want to do is make her happy for the rest of our lives. I do have more to tell you… Which you may be to advise. Very kind regards. May God be with you x x David

  32. Muja from United States says:

    Lost all desire a few years ago. I had a great go at it for years but age and drugs killed the the desire. Do I miss it? Sometimes but since the desire is gone it’s no big deal. I do not put myself in situations to disappoint someone so I find friends and enjoy life. The problem really starts when someone portrays themselves as something they are not. Kinda goes with many aspects of life. People around the world suffer huge traumatic events in their life and if mine is just no erection I feel ok. Sex is great but you can do ok without it.

  33. Fred from United States says:

    This is why I’ll always tell young men to not get married. Men need sex. It’s literally as important as eating well. If you eat poorly, you feel poorly. If you leave your man to porn and himself, he feels awful. Marriage is about unconditional love. The commitment alone should provide women with a life long understanding about their man’s love for them.

    Reading this and discovering this for myself in marriage, I’ve come to realize women approach things in a selfish way. Sex for them is about only them. I look at men who cheat in an entire new way now too. When left to turn no where else, what can a woman expect? Giving no sex to your man is literally sabotaging your lives.

  34. Chris from United States says:

    When my wife reached menopause, she changed, lost interest in sex; sex became painful but she refused to go to the doctor. All my attempts to fix the situation were met with contempt. Because of the lack of intimacy, it made me withdraw, which left her feeling I was not even a friend to listen to her. We are both Christians.

    These things can end badly. She left me and divorced me when the 12 months waiting period was done. She said she was no longer sexual, that part of her life is over and she knows that is part of marriage, so she’s choosing to be by herself instead of cheating me out of it. We got into a lot of arguments, which had a part in it, but she lost interest in me and became very critical of my ways and financial state.

    I miss her, not the criticism and lack of sex, but I tried to get her to change her mind. I love her and would have worked hard to create a different environment, but her mind is made up. I think being divorced is worse than the former problems due to the depression and loneliness and wishing for what could have been, but it takes two people willing and committed to overcome and make the marriage work.

  35. Robert from United States says:

    My wife constantly confesses, preaches, and argues that she wants sex. But I need more than that. I need touching, kissing, compassion, making out, and touching her body. These things make her uncomfortable, even at the age of 48. What do I do? I try to give love but all I get is this great sex most guys wouldn’t complain about, but I need great love and passion. This is very embarrassing and very hard to explain.

    • Steve Wright from United States says:

      Hi, Robert. Please understand I am not a counselor, but after talking with my wife, Cindy about your comment, she gave me some great insight to share with you.

      Because (most) women are wired at birth to be the more loving and want affectionate, kissing, compassionate, etc., one in the marriage, when a woman isn’t “naturally” this way there can be an underlying issue; something that left an imprint on her earlier in life. As my wife, Cindy says, “something’s broken.” There is actually a book on this that we highly recommend you get. It’s called, How We Love by relationship experts Milan & Kay Yerkovich.

      Among other things, the Yerkovich’s talk about how everyone has an “underlying blueprint that shapes your behavior, beliefs, and expectations of all relationships, especially your marriage.” They share principles that can equip you to…
      -Identify the imprints disrupting your marriage
      -Understand how your love style affects your mate
      -break free of negative patterns
      -enhance sexual intimacy

      To me, Robert, I don’t think you have anything to lose by getting this book and reading it to see if there is even a remote possibility it can help you and your wife get out of this rut. Now, there is also the possibility that once the “what” and “why” is uncovered she will need counseling to address that underlying cause, and so may you.

      But even “if” things never change, and you don’t get what you want, as her husband God calls you to be willing to sacrifice everything you may want/desire, and love her as Christ loves the church. Simply put, that means you would continue to “love her” in spite of her love style not meshing with your love style. One thing I want to caution you about is to be on guard about not seeking the “affection” you crave outside of your marriage. I can assure you that even the most “innocent” of friendships with another woman can lead to destruction of your marriage. So, please stay on the alert.

      Cindy and I pray that you will find the help and insight you need and that your marriage will be all that God intends it to be – the most satisfying earthly relationship you can enjoy together. Blessings! ~ Steve Wright, Marriage Missions International

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