Quick BibleGateway.com search of the New International Version:
I find the word “joy” or some form of it in the New Testament 68 times. It is pretty much universally recommended.
I find the word “anger” or “angry” in the New Testament 33 times. As a general rule, it is not mentioned in an approving way. (Though I do find the word “wrath” an additional 31 times, it is used exclusively in connection with God or Christ.)
Do you find yourself drawn closer to God through Christ through the company of angry Christians, or joyful Christians?
What are angry Christians so ticked off about?
What do they have a right to be ticked off about?
Hasn’t God provided everything needed by human beings in order to yield joy in their lives?
I find these passages especially illuminating about this matter:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
“And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 13:52
In perhaps at least this one way, the Holy Spirit is like any person: Who wants to hang around with a grump?
I was a grump about greed a few posts back, and I apologize. I hope it was not characteristic of me to be such a grouch. I appreciate your responses, especially the ones that recommended that I “shake it off” and let God deal with it.
You are absolutely right.
He is much better equipped to judge than I will ever be.
And at least the translators of the NIV agree that “wrath” is His rightful possession solely.