Joy and Anger

Quick 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.

5 thoughts on “Joy and Anger

  1. If it’s any consolation to you at all, my brother, I have read nearly everything you’ve written on this blog. (Not quite everything, but almost!) And I don’t think that’s characteristic of you at all. Characteristically, I’d have to say that your blog is full of joy…hope…comfort…That’s a big one for me, I’ve found ALOT of <>comfort<> here, especially over the last few months. So don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to be angry sometimes…what makes the difference is what you do with it. Seems to me like you are turning it over to Him, which is always a good response. <>“Do you find yourself drawn closer to God through Christ through the company of angry Christians, or joyful Christians?”<>Keith, you should know that I find myself drawn closer to God through Christ through your ‘company’ here.Perhaps that’s why I’ve read nearly everything here?

  2. “Angry Christians”. Redundant?I’m kidding.Ironically, the majority of my anger comes as a result of other Christians. Thanks for the reminder that I need to lighten up.

  3. It’s difficult for me to read some of the psalms that ask for God to kill the enemy and stuff. I guess I’m more like my mother than I thought… can’t we all just be happy?

  4. Keith I see nothing wrong with becoming angry when we see what is happening in the church, and becoming so angry we speak out against what we see as desecration of Christ’s body. Anger and wrath are not the same thing, sometime wrath is the result of anger, then again wrath might be just what is deserved and needed. We might have an example of both or maybe just one, when Jesus went into the Temple and threw out the moneychangers. It sounded as if he became angry, but maybe he just thought they deserved to feel his wrath, to learn a lesson. We do have the right to become angry, but we don’t have the right to inflict wrath. Vengeance is mine said the Lord.

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