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What does true faithfulness in marriage require?

Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien advised his son Michael that it would take a continual exercise of the will and denial of self. He insisted:

Faithfulness in Christian marriage entails that: great mortification. For a Christian man there is no escape. Marriage may help to sanctify and direct to its proper object his sexual desires; its grace may help him in the struggle; but the struggle remains. It will not satisfy him as hunger may be kept off by regular meals. It will offer as many difficulties to the purity proper to that state, as it provides easements. No man, however truly he loved his betrothed and bride as a young man, has lived faithful to her as a wife in mind and body without deliberate conscious exercise of the will, without self-denial.

In a letter to his good friend CS Lewis, Tolkien wrote:

Christian marriage is not a prohibition of sexual intercourse, but the correct way of sexual temperance–in fact probably the best way of getting the most satisfying sexual pleasure…

Reposted from Albert Mohler’s blog.

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