• Michael Wood and Ricky Britner

Temperaments - Purpose and Scripture

Do you know that God had a purpose in why He created you the way He did? He created you to have a relationship with Him and also with a "temperament" which further reveals who you are today.


Temperament characteristics demonstrate the biblical truth that we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made as Psalm 139:14 reads. We are created and embodied with many strengths or talents—which God wants to use for His glory. Furthermore, we are also created with weaknesses, which He desires to strengthen through the work of Holy Spirit.


The vast majority of us were created with a combination of temperaments, and some with just one single temperament; however, temperaments were placed in each of us to give an opportunity to have a relationship with the everlasting GOD. The Lord created us to respond to Him; in addition, He created us to be relational beings that we may exist and survive with one another.


Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

23 ​Search me, God, and know my heart;​ test me​

and know my anxious thoughts.​

24 ​See if there is any offensive way in me,

and ​lead me​ in the way everlasting.​


Romans 12:2 (AMP)​

2 ​And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be ​transformed and​ progressively changed​ [as you mature​ spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing​ on godly values and ethical​ attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect​ [in His plan and purpose for you].​


The psalmist asks God to search, test, and ultimately lead him. He essentially was asking God to come to his aid and help him through his temperament weaknesses. He got to a point in his life when he realized that he couldn’t live a life without God. The psalmist also began to see that his relationship with God was most important in order to enjoy and live an abundant life.


Romans 12:2 points out our responsibility in how we combat temperament weaknesses. We are to abandon the normal societal approach that we have adopted in our daily lives. It is possible for us to change our focus, and when we do this—it opens our eyes to live by God’s values and moralistic attitudes.


In time, it will show us what the fruit of living life according to the way God desires for us looks like. Galatians 5:22-23 demonstrates that only through Holy Spirit is this type of fruit produced: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We are changed by the practicing of these things on a daily basis, it is then we are allowing God to strengthen us in our weaknesses. Christ came that we would have life and have it more abundantly!

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