This is an amazing topic. Each person has a natural temperament, and also a supernatural temperament. Surprise!
Natural temperaments can be described with Personality types tests; however we also have supernatural temperaments—sometimes called "redemptive gifts" or "motivational gifts."
The former describe the soul; the latter describe the spirit.
The seven Redemptive Gifts are from Romans 12:6-8:
- Prophet -- Design, justice, individual rights, conception, basic security
- Servant -- Authority, dominion, platform, boundaries, faithful
- Teacher -- Approachable, trustable, counselor, authentic, responsibility
- Exhorter -- Encouragement, power, social, comfort, communication
- Giver -- Nurture, resources, stewardship, protective, seasonal
- Ruler -- Coordination, family, community, institutions, dynasty
- Mercy -- Identity, harmony, originality, being, worship, rest
Select the titles above to hear good recordings from Arthur Burk, that speak right to your spirit. Start with the one that best resembles you. (They are free from his site, but I have edited them together by temperament for your convenience.)
This is not just another list. It is the noticing of how the patterns of the lists of seven in the Bible all harmonize: seven last words of Christ, days of creation, seven churches in Revelation, seven Spirits in revelation. And if we take a closer look we notice that they all have the same "flavor."
You could think of it each person having all the seven colors of the rainbow of God's light; but one color tends to be prominent. It depends on the art God is doing in you.
Note 2: You have all the gifts
In the same way that ee all have all the colors, but one is brightest, each person has access to all the charisms (e.g., visions, prophecy, healing), but in a particular order; so also each person has all the supernatural temperaments, but in a preferred order. That's all this is, but it gives us really big insights into people.
Note 3: Contrast with charismatic gifts
- Charismatic Gifts = tools (I Cor 12)
- Redemptive Gifts = temperaments (Rom 12 6-8)
Here I'd just be careful to not confuse these lists because sometimes they are. For example, Mother Theresa received a prophetic message to start her mercy calling. (Her temperament is mercy, not prophet.)
And also note that prophet is listed as a temperment; and prophecy is listed as a gift. We all have both, but a prophet is one who has prophecy as their first, best, easiest gift.
Note 4: Blessings and curses
Since evil can't create anything, it can only try to warp our gift. That's why learning this is so important. This can give big clues where some blessings are supposed to come from and where curses are likely coming from.
The curse comes when we try to achieve our birthright under our own natural strength; the blessing comes supernaturally by allowing God to shine through your temperament, like light through stained glass. Lots of specs on this:
And all I have for you is freely given. Therefore, it is incumbent on you that you freely receive, for you cannot give thanks for that which you have not received. Freely I give, for My supply is infinite.
And most important, I give you My love, the greatest gift I can give you, for it opens the door to you and I becoming one body, one Spirit.
None of My giving is earned—it comes from My essence in the day that I first formed you in perfect love, knowing I would never leave you abandoned or forsaken.