Have you ever wondered what personality type best reflects Jesus? Each personality carries with it wonderful attributes, weaknesses, and specific emotional needs. But, which one best describes our Lord and Savior?
Does it surprise you to learn that Jesus embodies all the personalities? But, the truly great thing about Jesus is that, not only does He exhibit the strengths of the sanguine, choleric, melancholy, and phlegmatic, He does it without being hindered by their weaknesses! If only we could be so lucky.
Jesus the Sanguine
Sanguine people have many fabulous traits. One of the most obvious sanguine traits that Jesus exhibited during His earthly ministry was His love towards people. This personality loves people and the Bible records many instances of Jesus showering the masses with love and compassion. He healed blind and lame men, he stopped a woman from long-time bleeding, and he raised people from the dead. And on two separate occasions, He fed thousands of people because they were hungry. Jesus loved children and people from all walks of life and they loved Him back.
Jesus embraced others as no world leader has before or after He walked the dusty roads of Israel. Although He welcomes the world with open arms, the world doesn't always welcome Him. That rejection is not a reflection of Jesus' lack of ability to draw people in, as is characteristic of the sanguine personality; it's more of a reflection on those who fail to get to know Jesus and choose to reject the truth of what He is all about...saving the world from sin.
Jesus is a wonderful example of a sanguine personality.
Jesus the Choleric
Nothing describes Jesus better as a choleric than the fact He was a man on a mission; save the world. Jesus had a goal and He achieved that goal. Only the choleric side of Jesus would have triumphed so decisively over the wilderness temptations presented by Satan in Matthew 4.
Jesus was also sent to teach people about God's kingdom. Jesus did that and did it well. Just visit the "Sermon on the Mount" starting in Matthew 5, the "Olivet Discourse" recorded in Matthew 24 and 25, and the parables in Matthew 13. Jesus did the teaching, but, as with most lessons, it was up to the people to learn the lessons.
Of course, Jesus' ministry on earth climaxed with His crucifixion. The choleric side of Jesus is what kept Him focused on the mission of the Father. Jesus, in true choleric form, reached the difficult task put before Him.
Jesus the Melancholy
During His earthly ministry Jesus paid close attention to detail, was organized, and issued constructive criticism when necessary (remember His discussions with the self-righteous Pharisees and His address to the greedy money changers in the Temple?) But, perhaps Jesus' melancholy side is best explored by looking at God the Father; the Creator. God gave us mountains, valleys, oceans, sunsets, and flowers just to name some of the beauty we feast on every day. Have you ever read the Psalms, poems, or other great works and marveled at the beauty of God-inspired words?
Truly the world is a beautiful place because of God. But, can you imagine heaven where we will live in a place that is free of the effects of this fallen world? We haven't seen anything yet.
Jesus the Phlegmatic
Phlegmatic people are all about peace and Jesus is all about peace. Isaiah 9:6 refers to Him as the " Prince of Peace." Psalm 29:11 says, "May the Lord bless his people with peace" (NRSV). And Psalm 120:7 reminds us that the Lord is "for peace."
In the New Testament Jesus offers these beautiful words:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you..." (John 14:27 NRSV).
However, in Luke 12:51 we see the peace that Jesus promotes along side the reality of His rejected Truth: "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division" (NRSV).
This may seem confusing at first, but because we live in a fallen world, universal peace will not exist. We will, at some point, live in peace when Jesus rules the earth, but in the meantime there is an earthly reality to deal with. Sanguine Jesus loves all the people of the world, Melancholy Jesus loves the beauty of God's truth, and Phlegmatic Jesus desires peace among all peoples and nations.But Choleric Jesus won't back down and will fight the battle between good and evil on our behalf until His Second Coming.
We serve an amazing God! I'm thankful that He has blessed each of with our own unique personality; a piece of Jesus. For a season we may be hindered with certain weaknesses that accompany our God-given personalities, but one of these days we will be perfect as our Father is perfect. We will be reflections of Jesus, the complete personality package.