Temperament Corner

JESUS!  THE GREATEST GIFT

The greatest gift of all is from our Heavenly Father. He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to come into this world to live and die so that we might live with Him eternally!

                     “For God so loved the world,

                             that he gave his only begotten Son,

                                    that whosoever believeth in him

                                           should not perish,

                                                  but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

Dr. Phyllis J. Arno
Dr. Phyllis J. Arno

I so love celebrating Christmas!  I love to sing the Christmas hymns and be with the family. It is also fun to reminisce about the wonderful and sometimes hectic times we had with our family on Christmas Eve.

At Christmastime the air is full of excitement!  I believe the excitement is still here from when the angels came to the shepherds so long ago.

Luke 2: 8-10 tells us:

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”

Can you imagine the electricity and excitement in the air when the angels of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them? It was probably a quiet night; then, all of a sudden Heaven lit up and God’s angels were singing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)  The Scriptures say the shepherds were sore afraid, but they must have also felt the excitement.

Luke 2:15 tells us:

“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

Luke 2:20 tells us:

“And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

Matthew 2: 1-2 tells us:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:11 tells us:

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts.”

Gold – Precious metal.  It could have financed Joseph’s and Mary’s trip to Egypt.            

Frankincense Highly fragrant when burned and was used in worship, where it burned as a pleasant offering to God (Exodus 30:34).

Myrrh —Spice that was used in embalming.  Myrrh symbolizes bitterness, suffering and affliction.

We, too, can bring Him our gifts. What can we give him? Our hearts! We do this by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Let’s review some of the ways giving their heart to Jesus will affect the five temperaments.

When the Choleric gives their heart to Jesus, they will:

1.  Desire to submit to God’s will for their life.

2.  Trust God to guide their steps.

3.  Become the leaders God created them to be.

4.  Look to God, not man, for their recognition and approval.

5.  Be able to love their deep relationships in ways that are not controlling and demanding.   

When the Melancholy gives their heart to Jesus, they will:

1.  Desire to submit to God’s will for their life.

2.  Learn to trust God, and become more trusting of people.

3.  Become less fearful of the unknown, less rigid and inflexible, and less sensitive to failure.

4.  Be more forgiving of those that have wronged them.

5.  Be able to express love and affection to their deep relationships without the fear of rejection.

When the Phlegmatic gives their heart to Jesus, they will:

1.  Desire to submit to God’s will for their life.

2.  Become more flexible with people and more involved in life rather than just be an observer.

3.  Trust God to direct their steps as they know He will not give them more than what their low energy can handle.

4.   Be less prone to express their humor in a hurtful manner.

5.  Be more willing to express love and affection to their deep relationships rather than always trying to preserve their energy.

When the Sanguine gives their heart to Jesus, they will:

1.  Desire to submit to God’s will for their life.

2.  Know that He will never leave or forsake them.

3.  Consider Him their best friend, and trust Him to direct their steps.

4.  Be less likely to follow the wrong crowd because they will be less fearful of rejection.

5.  Be less likely to make ungodly demands on their deep relationships.

When the Supine gives their heart to Jesus, they will:

1.  Desire to submit to God’s will for their life.

2.  Not feel rejected because they know that God is always with them and they are never alone.

3. Trust Him to help them with their decisions rather than always relying on family and friends.

4.  Learn to maintain balance in their life by seeking God’s guidance when they take on responsibilities.

5.  Be able to express Godly love to those around them rather than sitting back waiting for others to express first.

Psalm 23: 3 tells us that He restores our soul and leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

In order for Him to restore our soul, we need to submit our hearts to God.

When we submit our heart to Jesus, He gives us a new, clean heart.  Old things have passed away, and we will then desire to do His will and please Him with all that we say and do. See Ezekiel 36:26.

In order to do our part, we need to:
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

May this Christmas season be a time of expressing God’s abiding love to those around you, and may you be filled with His inexplicable JOY!

                                                   J ESUS

                                                  O THERS

                                                  Y OU!

 

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