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Can I Have Sex with my Ex-Husband?

Author: Roger Barrier

Dear Roger,


My ex-husband and I divorced and he wants to reconcile with me and have sex he has not spoken of marriage but of a starting over again in a relationship. Is this a sin to have sex with your ex-husband. What does the bible say about this?

Sincerely, J

Dear J,

According to the Bible sex is for married couples. Sex is a holy thing and to be expressed only in a marriage setting. Sex with someone who is not your spouse is a sin because it defiles both of your bodies and brings with it an ungodliness that breaks Jesus' heart. Paul wrote about the very issue in 1 Corinthians 6:15-20:


Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, "The two will become one flesh." But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.


Notice that our bodies are not necessarily ours to do with as we please. When we received Christ into our lives our bodies and everything else about us became His. After all, He bought us with the blood that He shed on the cross when He forgave our sins. At the moment of our surrender to Christ the Holy Spirit Himself came to inhabit our very beings. To take our holy temples (our bodies) and have sex with someone who is not our spouse defiles our temple. Our lives are no longer holy places where God can dwell in loving purity. His ability to pour into our lives the abundant life promised by Jesus is severely compromised.


I think that it is wonderful that you husband wants to reconcile with you. Do you want to reconcile with him?


You mentioned that "he has not spoken of marriage but of a starting over again in a relationship." Let's consider that for several moments. God's design is for no sex until the wedding night. This is both a trust and a purity issue. I don't know whether or not you had premarital sex with your ex the first time around, but if you did, you basically started out your marriage without Jesus being closely involved and able to freely empower your marriage forward to success.


If you both decide to begin the relationship again, then I suggest doing it God's way this time. Keep your bodies free from premarital sex so that your "marriage bed may be undefiled:" Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral" (Hebrews 13:4).


As you consider his sex request and his desire to begin a new relationship, let me encourage you to carefully examine the role of both husbands and wives in Ephesians 5:21-33:


21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.


22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.


25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."   32 This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.


J, read the passage carefully and let me point out several things.


Note in verse 21 that you and your ex are to submit to each other. This means meeting each other's needs first.


Submitting to your husband as the "head" of your relationship puts more responsibility on him than on you. Being the "head" does not mean that he is free to treat you any way he wants to, or that he can freely order you around. Being the head is like being a shepherd. The shepherd will do everything imaginable to care for his/her sheep. He subordinates his own needs for the good of the sheep. So, likewise, your husband's job is to do everything in his power to make sure that your needs are met. If he does his job well then you will have no trouble submitting to his leadership. Make his job as easy as you can by following God's role for you.


In the next several verses Paul makes it clear that the primary job of the husband is to love his wife as Jesus loved His church. And, how did Jesus show love for his wife? He gave up His life on the cross for her. Be certain to notice in verse 26 how important it is for every husband to express love for his wife by doing everything possible to keep her pure (sexually and other wise. By the way, one of the ways he does this is to teach you the Word of God in such a way that others are able to see Jesus in you and Jesus is better able to work His life through you to others.


Consider that fulfilling your ex's desire for sex with you while not being married will simply put a spiritual stain on your life before God. When your ex decides to renew your relationship in holiness and purity then you may talk to him about beginning a new relationship and perhaps one day about remarriage.


If he decides that it is not worth the wait, then you have a clear-cut indication of where his heart really is.


My advice is not to give anything away for free.


By the way, one of a woman's greatest need is security. One of a man's greatest need is respect. When he loves you like Jesus loved His church you feel secure and your respect for him soars. You both are blessed and on the way to a great marriage.


Well, J, thanks for the great question, I imagine that many of my readers are wondering the same thing. My God bless both you and your ex. I hope things work out for the best.


Love, Roger


My husband divorced me after being married for seven years. Is it a sin to still be having sex with him?
Cindy Mitchell , 08/27/11 07:42 PM
Me and my husband has been separated for 7 months. Is it a sin to still having sex with him?
Gerilyn Richardson , 03/18/12 01:12 AM
Dear Roger,

Im 25 years old and been separate for almost three months.We been married for almost two years.
I had one son he is almost 7 months and my husband was not really trust me he thought that i got pregnant from some one else.But the true is i did not slept with any one.We got DNA test it is his son.
I was sad and i did want to divorce him be course the way he never interested the child.All he care was work and money just for him self.After two week i gave birth i told him that i wanted to divorced,and he was surprised and he was ready to divorce too.Start from that week he found another woman and force me out of the house all the time until my son was 5 months old and he change the house key.I finally out of his house and end up with some
one i knows house.Now he is traveling with his new woman and he is already engage her four months ago.
Right now I'm looking forward to move in my own apartment with my son and also wait to go to the court with my husband.8 days ago he send emails asked me if I wanted reconciliation we could try to go to therapy and restart all over.I respond to him said no and thank you to him that i will never go back to him.But in my deep heart i still love him very much and can not forget him i still think about him everyday.
Please help.
Kind regards

Chanseng Hang , 07/22/12 03:15 PM
I am divorcing my husband as well. He also wants to reconcile but the divorce will be final soon. I am sticking with my initiative. Our marriage is over and I have to close that Chapter of my life. If he truly loves me as he state that he does....he will understand that I am ending the marriage because it was not working....If reconciliation is what he wants, then he needs to seek Jesus and be reborn again... a new man in Christ... only Jesus knows what lies ahead.
Angie Perry , 11/11/12 02:48 PM
Truly the bible clearly states in Romans chapter 8a woman is bound to herhusband until he dies. What remarriage is that you are speaking of? Why are we rewriting His word. The Lord says so not add nor take away from his word. Stop before the complications will be on you. His word would never pass away people. Don't divorce. God hates divorce. Pray ad stick it out, he said live is patient, love is kind, it is not envious does not boast nor keep track of wrong, does,not rejoicein iniquity but in the truth. Love believes in all things hopes in all things hopes in all things endures in all things,...LOVE nit hate but love never fails.
Tamika Manzay , 07/04/13 11:31 AM
Good evening. I have a question...bob & i got married in 1985. We divorced in 1994. We have been living together since 1998. I thought that the bible states that it is an adulterous sin for either bob or i to sleep with anyone else (whether or not we r married to that that correct? Is what we r doing a sin? I guess i talked myself into believing that since bob & i used to b married, that god still actually considers us married! Hope i am making sense! :p god bless ALL of you that posted also. Thank you, lisa :)
Lisa Nothank you , 07/08/13 10:49 PM
Thank no comment
a m , 08/27/13 09:20 PM
My husband and I just separated after only being married for almost 4months the day we separated he moved into another woman home. I told him im hurt but I need sex. We have sex and atfer that I felt we should be friends due to me dropping off down the road from her house. Im so hurt that he said he wants both of us until he ready to come home. I am wrong to take back a man who comment adultery. Does that defiles my body for having sex with him. As being a Christian I want to do the right thing
carmen brown , 11/03/14 09:12 PM

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