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How do Spiritual Temperaments help you stay deeply rooted in your faith?

Temperaments, everyone has them. Whether you are talking about personality, fashion, relational or spiritual, everyone has a temperament or disposition towards all the many facets of life.

Spiritual Temperaments are no different. Gary Thomas first wrote about Spiritual Temperaments in the late 90's in his best selling book "Sacred Pathways". It explores the nine different ways people connect with God.

But knowing your temperament and acting on it are two very different things. Just like those who know they should not eat certain foods, many times still do, regardless of the consequences.

The same applies to your Spiritual Temperament. Not acting upon the knowledge does nothing for your spiritual growth nor staying deeply rooted.

Why is it that our Spiritual Temperaments is so important to stay deeply rooted? Simply put, because participating in actions that do not speak to your soul do nothing more than take up time and resources.

Have you ever wondered to yourself why some people can be moved to tears during a worship song or concert and others feel nothing more that the beat? What about the times people show a wide array of emotions during communion, or prayer while others simply go through the motions?

This is the epitome of Spiritual Temperaments. Certain actions will move your spirit more than others and if behooves you to know which ones apply to you, so that you can create habits and routines to regularly fill your soul.

Each Spiritual Temperament falls into one of four categories: Heart, Mind, Soul, & Strength.

Today I will discuss HEART.

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25: 37-40

Heart Temperaments are Caregivers. Those who love to serve God's people. A person with a Heart Temperament feels closest to God when they are ministering to others in the name of Christ.

19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:19-20

Heart Temperaments are also Traditionalists. Those who feel closest to God while participating in rituals and/or liturgy. A great example of this is a traditional Christmas Eve Mass, or having communion served to you. Participating in the activities in the ways of the traditional church brings your heart closer to Christ.

With the Holiday Season approaching, here are some things you can do to connect with the Holy Spirit if you are a HEART person.

  • Visit a traditional church service for Christmas Eve.

  • Take communion or celebrate the Shabbat Friday evening at sundown. Read HERE to learn how to have communion at home.

  • Follow and use an Advent Calendar - click HERE to learn more

Whatever your temperament is, I encourage you to discover how you grow closer to the Holy Spirit and then participate in the activities that foster that closeness.

Next we will review the second category: MIND.

Praying for you to DISCOVER, DEEPEN and DREAM

Roberta Quimson

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