Moral Purity in the Workplace

If you had the opportunity today to insure any possession at no cost to yourself, what would be the first thing you would insure? Would it be your home, a child, a car, or . . . your heart?  Wisdom tells us:

ABOVE ALL ELSE, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23, emphasis added).

When I first started working at Revive Our Hearts three years and eleven months ago, I found some of their practices . . . well, a little extreme:

• Men and women never drive alone together in a car—even for short distances.
• Men and women don’t have lunch together by themselves.
• Men and women keep the office door propped open so others can see them as they meet.

Believe it or not, since then I have come to value and embrace these “hedges.” In fact, I’d love to share more of Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ personal hedges with you today. They’re not biblical absolutes, but, as Nancy says,

For those who may consider these principles “legalistic,” I would suggest that far from being restrictive, these “hedges” have allowed me to enjoy healthy, wholesome friendships with the men with whom I work and serve, as well as with their wives and children . . . These hedges have been a powerful safeguard and protection—for my own heart, for those men and their marriages, for my reputation, and most importantly, for the reputation of Christ.

Does this sound extreme to you? Do you think you could ever fall into moral temptation? Where in your life is God encouraging you to erect a guardrail?

(Read Nancy’s Personal Hedges here.)

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.