Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Keeping Tabs on Zeal

posted by Cheryl Petersen

The ceaseless struggle between religious zealotry and common sense conjures conflict and confusion. Zealotry is destructive. Common sense is sometimes uncommon.

Zealotry is defined as fanaticism or excessive intolerance of opposing views. But, it also can mean ardor or fervor.

Common sense is defined as good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.

zeal-for-lifeThe word “zeal” is found in some Bible versions in the Psalms and the Gospel John. “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” NKJV

The phrase “common sense” is read in more modern Bible versions, but is found in life examples in all Bibles. Prophets used sound judgment fervently, though it went against the grain.

Common sense is allowed. Zeal can be practical. It starts with a sensible practical God.

God is Life, Truth, and Love.

There is no fanaticism, no burning desire, no jealousy in God. The things of heaven are not like the things on earth yet we can experience a hint of heaven here and now. We can experience the ardor of common sense in practical matters. Relationships can be peaceful. Jobs can be satisfying. Progress can be made.



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