Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
Luke 13:10-17 ESV
God cares about the Spirit of the Law, not just the letter.
Regrettably, minimalistic legalism been leading Pharisees to grossly misinterpret God’s Word for two thousand years and counting. Somehow, they went from ‘thou shall not work on the Sabbath’ to ‘thou shall not heal the chronically sick on the Sabbath’.
There’s no guilt or shame in seeking an ANR very cautiously, or in promoting the practice among married couples. The spirit of wanting to see stronger, more intimate Christian marriages ultimately triumphs over the letter of legalistic, moralistic Bible-overextension, the kind that makes some demand a 12-month waiting period to begin dating if you have an improper covenant with your eyes.