Personality types – Rose Breakfast, 05Jun
This is kinda like a conference report from a great event on Saturday… I tried to summarize and not steal her wonderful presentation; I just wanted to share her amazing message… It’s not new, but eye opening to remember that we are to minister according to each person’s uniqueness, which God Himself instilled in them. This presentation talk was how people relate to God with their own personality: Hippocrates theory that suggests that there are four fundamental personality types: sanguine (enthusiastic, active, and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast, or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise, and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful)….
The scripture of the day also fits her message as well – that all of us together, with our combined personalities, make up the fullness of God… “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3
To bring us together, it is true that God does know EVERY hair on our heads (Matthew 10:30).
I loved my table at the Rose Breakfast, with women having the same first names as four of my closest female relatives -WOW – and with two younger women (mother and daughter of the hostess) with whom I delighted in conversation, a fun family feel!
The breakfast and presentation were of course timely for my faith walk, a wonderfully witty and uplifting presenter, Rosa Marie… Her talk broke down the four types of personalities (based on Hypocrites) and she drove home that we all relate to God based on how we interpret HIM, and she urged that we should minister to folks based on their own personalities as well, because God relates to them with their diversity in mind… There are roadblocks for each person for turning their hearts completely over to God based on their personalities. That’s how life is…
In order to minister better, for God’s sake, we are to accept people the way they are… God created us differently… but WITH Jesus, God BLENDS all four of these personalities. He shows true love and mercy to us all “to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…. and to know this love that surpasses knowledge [so] you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Hypocrites’ “temperament” categories are four fundamental personality types: sanguine (optimistic and social), choleric (powerful, short-tempered), melancholic (analytical and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful). Most people tend to be mixtures of the four types.
Christians in each personality totally identify God as having the same traits that they also have!
1) Sanguine – popular… fun, love to talk, life of the party, is 11% of the population. They are spontaneous, touchy feely… They like to FEEL the presence of God!
To them, God is a God of JOY.
The possible roadblock of these personalities from truly giving their heart to God is because they are truly worried about God being too rigid, not spontaneous.
Christians who are this personality totally identify God as having the same traits that they also have.
2) Choleric – like to be powerful… These people like to have control… They like to direct things. Only 4% of the population…
These are your CEOs, they tell folks what to do, and they want it now…
They relate to God where they see God doing things, working.
The possible roadblock of people with this personality from truly giving their heart completely to God is because they are truly worried about giving up control!
3) Melancholy – perfection… They are serious…17% of population, don’t like attention, very schedule oriented, analytical, lists – they needs to make lists – the engineers…
Their faith description: they just want to know God… to know God is righteous and holy.
The possible roadblock of this personality from truly giving their heart completely to God is because they are truly worried they will never be perfect enough to please God.
4) Phlegmatic – peaceful… slow laid back…they want PEACE… 69% of population… WOW, this is most number of folks in the world…
Their weaknesses are they don’t like to make decisions, hard to get motivated, they could become lazy… (her words not mine) This is MOST of the population!!! WOW
Their faith is having a simple child like faith. God is a God of peace.
The possible roadblock of this personality from truly giving their heart completely to God is because they are truly worried they have to change themselves to be Christian.
Combos abound – we are all a little of each but usually have a major temperament.
SC, PM, CM, SP, etc
As Christians, we are instructed to walk in our strengths, and then ask the HOLY SPIRIT to help us in our weaknesses.
We as different people experience God differently!!! We describe HIM differently too! People tend to describe God with their own personality traits…
People should not expect anyone, except Jesus, to be perfect! And JESUS IS PERFECT, a perfect blend of all these temperaments, a blending of us… HIM in us and we in HIM!
We all have our traits, AND weaknesses… she drove home an especially important point that folks should NOT expect their pastors to fit all four characteristics!!! We need to remember this and pitch in and help out…
So it was clear right away what category I was in (and thankfully for the rest of the world there are ONLY 11% of us, LOL)! I am sure I actually blend S with a little C… Yea a bit of the others too, we are all to ask the HOLY SPIRIT to develop and push thru the other types within us to complete us… I do see God relating to me as a God of JOY, He knows how I tick… I see God all the ways too and feel Jesus tugging my heart to learn and lean in all ways to minister to others in their uniqueness… but as Sanguine primarily, I do certainly FEEL GOD immensely… That’s who I am, that is how God made me, and surely I pray for holy spirit action to make up for my mighty weaknesses!
I do FEEL the presence of GOD from the hugs and hands hold, the warming of my heart, it’s physical… It’s JOY… The time I awakened I felt like Jesus made my heart grow and grow bigger like the Grinch’s heart… I still feel God when I see HIM in people smiles and hear HIM in laughter…. Just yesterday a cutie pie six year old grandson of a friend reached for me thinking I was his grandma, but since he is blind, he didn’t know… Wow, I felt God right then and there in the SPIRIT, God’s natural love embedded in the stardust that makes up all HIS children, it was a physical sensation of holy proportions… Like when Jesus felt His Spirit transfer out when the woman secretly touched His robe for healing, well sometimes I feel some spirit zap in! that woman knew she was healed when she touched just the edgings of Jesus’s garment – can you imagine how healing it feels to feel His whole presence? ….
Yesterday holding the hand of my new friend Joe in the nursing home while we sang Amazing Grace and “Let There Be Peace on Earth” – well that’s like feeling God to me…. Singing out HIS praises, dancing them out, exercising them out… Yeah all HIS LOVE poured into me that I can pour back out… JOY!
We all have yearnings, so we ALSO ache those emptiness aches – that hole in your heart feeling at times… but when we realize the gift of Jesus physically taking up our heart – that lifts us into peace… I have raised my right hand to feel that “Jesus lift” out of the water, like Peter did… Yeah, it’s a “touchy-feely” God I love to cling to… Jesus’s fingers are weaved together when Hold my heart – His hands are a safety net for all of our hearts…
I didn’t get complete descriptions of every personality types from the presentation – and I am sure others could and would add their interpretations of God…. But studying this makes me extra appreciate how God pushed me out of my comfort zone, working on all those other attributes of my life – God is IN me FOR HIM… God is in all of us and we in Him…
Yes we are collectively together and it will take all of us to bring the world together – in peace – for God’s sake… I am blessed and happy to be part of the plan.
Ephesians 3 (NIV)
God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.
A Prayer for the Ephesians
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.