Acts 22:3 KJV
I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
There is a kind of godly zeal that is best to turn from.
Paul testified that they were zealous toward God. He even confessed that he was once similarly zealous. Paul however had changed.
It was not that Paul was no longer zealous but that his zeal had taken a new direction since meeting Christ.
· The believers in Ephesus were similarly zealous but had not been properly instructed
· Apollos was certainly zealous but Aquilla and Priscilla were able to perfect his zeal.
I praise the Lord for the zeal many have for spiritual things but freely insist that zeal must be directed refined and sometimes completely re-directed.