What is Zeal?

What is Zeal?

We are commanded to be zealous, but what is zeal? We’d love to follow this directive of God, but we may not know exactly what it is. The Greek word used here is zelos. Its meaning is to boil over; to be hot; fervor; passion. Notice a few of these verses:

1. Commanded to be Zealous

a. Colossians 4:13, Titus 2:14, Revelation 3:19, Galatians 4:18, Ecclesiastes 9:10


2. Biblical Examples of Zeal

a. Numbers 25:11-13, 27-29, Exodus 2:12, 11:8, Judges 6:11-32, John 1:41-46, Acts 22:3, Romans 16:1-2, Colossians 4:13


3. Zeal Demonstrated

a. 1 Kings 22:14, Isaiah 62:1, Acts 4:13,18-21, Jude 3, 2 Peter 1:12


4. Zeal without Knowledge

a. Romans 10:1-4, Acts 21:20, Philippians 3:6, Galatians 1:13, Philippians:15-18, 2 Samuel 21:2


5. Practical guides for a Zealous life

a. Long for, pursue and seek zeal

b. Hunger and thirst for Christ like qualities

c. Associate with zealous people- fervent elders, passionate preachers, godly teachers

d. Study and pray for zeal.



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