Zeal can attract people and even hold their devotion for a time. But zeal cannot replace character nor can it substitute for lack of character. Character, not zeal, is the wineskin for the new wine of the new level or the new season of authority. I have seen zealous people split churches and destroy the reputation of a church in a community in a fraction of the time it took to build that reputation. I have seen zeal undo the work of spiritual leadership in a hurting person and drive that person from the church. But character builds, sustains and adds to. It doesn’t take away.
“For Barnabas was a good man [privately and publicly—his godly character benefited both himself and others] and he was full of the Holy Spirit… And a great number of people were brought to the Lord.” (Acts 11:24, Amp)