1 Corinthians 7:5 Amplified Bible
Do not refuse and deprive and defraud each other of your due marital rights, except perhaps by mutual consent for a time, so that you may devote yourselves unhindered to prayer. But afterwards resume marital relations, lest Satan tempt you to sin through your lack of restraint of sexual desire.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
This Bible verse refers primarily to sexual intimacy, but it can mean living apart from one another as well. “Except it be with consent” is included because spouses have a mutual power over each other’s bodies (1 Corinthians 7:4). Abstinence must be voluntary on each side; otherwise injury is done to the person that does not consent. Intimacy is not to be used to defraud or manipulate your spouse.