Why would we want to “turn away” (7725) “wrath” (2534)? My first reason is to save myself from being the target. My spiritual concern is self seeking. I want to avoid discomfort. I am not sure that is the right motivation. Following Christ does not mean that we are doing our own thing or advancing our own agenda. It means we are serving others and looking out for them.
(Philippians 2:3-4 KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.Why be careful in our response to others? Because we want them to know the blessing of salvation and if they are consumed with anger at us they will not be willing to listen to God.
So? Think of it as a characteristic of witnessing and evangelism. Fires are usually put out by denying the flame oxygen, not by attacking the fire.