Zeal With Knowledge (Proverbs 19:2)

When I encounter a college campus Christian group, it brings back fond memories of my time in college when I first became a Christian. I had zeal and enthusiastically shared my faith with my classmates. The change in my behavior was surprising for people who knew me and more than one thought I was involved in a cult. This was understandable. I was emotionally charged but my decision was not based upon feelings but solid knowledge and evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I defended my actions and zeal by carefully explaining why I chose to become a Christian, retracing my steps and reciting the Bible verses that led me to make the decision. It was a zeal with knowledge. 

I applaud and support the many college Christian fellowship groups that have led so many seekers, like myself, to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. These groups have also helped to solidify the faith of young Christians or those who were wavering their faith. However, I am aware that some groups may prey upon these same students, taking advantage of their spiritual immaturity or instability. Some place an emphasis on emotional outcomes and feelings rather than a deepening knowledge of God. Others may enforce rules and regulations, requiring obedience and fealty to the fellowship group, even at the expense of relationships between students. How does one discern whether a Christian fellowship group is helping rather than hurting students?  

Even zeal is not good without knowledge, and the one who acts hastily sins.

Proverbs 19:2 (CSB)

All fellowship groups should be encouraging a careful discernment of God’s Word as revealed in the Bible. It should lead to zeal with knowledge. When zeal is separated from knowledge, sin fills the gap. 

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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