Angels work hard on adventurous missions that range from praising God and encouraging people to delivering God’s messages and rescuing people from danger. Going through those experiences would elicit a wide range of emotions in human beings. But what are angel emotions like? It would be inspiring if angels felt positive emotions like joy and peace, but do they really?
Angels do express joy and peace, according to descriptions of them from religious texts. Just like God and human beings, angels can express a full range of emotions -- and their ability to do so helps them relate to both God and people.
However, angels aren’t tainted by sin, as humans are, so angels are free to express their emotions in pure ways. What you see is what you get when it comes to angel emotions; there’s no confusion or hidden agenda involved, like there can be with the way people express their feelings. So when angels speak and act joyfully or peacefully, you can be sure that they really do feel that way.
People can struggle to feel real joy and peace. They often settle for temporary happiness rather than lasting joy, and battle anxiety while hoping for peace. But since angels enjoy close relationships with God –- who is the source of joy and peace -- those emotions come naturally to angels.
In Luke 15:10 of the Bible, Jesus Christ reveals angels’ joy when he says that “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." When Jesus was born on the first Christmas, Luke chapter two records “a great company” of angels joyfully singing praises to God, after an angel announces Jesus’ birth by saying that it “will cause great joy for all people.”
In chapter 21 (Al Anbiya) verse 20, the Qur’an describes angels joyfully worshiping God in heaven: “They celebrate his praises night and day, nor do they ever flag or intermit.”
The Bhagavad Gita says in chapter 9, verses 20 that angelic beings called devas “enjoy the celestial pleasures” in heaven that they share with people who grow spiritually enough through various reincarnations to reach heaven.
No matter what God commands them to do, angels are at peace enough to carry out those commands, says the Qur’an in chapter 16 (Al Nahl), verses 49 to 50: “For none are arrogant (before their Lord). They all fear their Lord, high above them, and they do all they are commanded.”
Angels remain calm even when dealing with abusive people, according to the Bible. In 2 Peter 2:10-11, the Bible says that people “who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh and despise authority” and are “bold and arrogant” are “not afraid to heap abuse on celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not heap abuse on such beings when bringing judgment on them from the Lord.”
The angel who speaks to the prophet Daniel in chapter 10 of the Torah and the Bible tells Daniel how he has peacefully persevered through a long fight between good and evil to deliver a message from God to Daniel. The unnamed angel tells Daniel in verse 12: “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” But he then reveals that a demon known as the prince of Persia resisted his efforts for 21 days, until the archangel Michael helped him overcome evil with good so he could finally visit Daniel to give him a vision of the future. This peaceful angel calms Daniel down in verse 19, telling him: “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
In chapter 16, verses 1 to 3, the Bhavagad Gita mentions four qualities that show a state of peace (fearlessness, nonviolence, forgiveness, and gentleness) when describing qualities that “arise in one born of the divine nature” like angelic beings.