An extrovert, the sanguine temperament, is a person that is warm, buoyant, lively, and fun-loving. They are receptive by nature and make lasting external impressions. They have the capacity to enjoy themselves and usually pass on their hearty outgoing nature. One with this dominant temperament usually makes excellent salespeople. In addition to being good at sales, sanguines make great actors, entertainers, and preachers (particularly evangelists).
STRENGTHS: This person is enthusiastic and optimistic with the ability to forget the past and live in the present not frustrated by past disappointments and failures. Having a genuine love for people results in an outgoing cheerful temperament. Such a person has a tender and compassionate heart.
WEAKNESSES: This person is restless and thrives on activity. Being easily excited they often don’t tend to analyze the entire picture and don’t plan thoroughly. They find it difficult to concentrate even, on the Scripture. A person with this type temperament is often undisciplined and weak-willed, lacking in self-discipline. This type temperament gets discouraged easily and tends to make excuses for conduct.
The Sanguine (Extrovert) Description
The Apostle Peter was a sanguine. Every time he appeared in the Gospels, he was talking. His sinful betrayal and easy repentance “with tears” is typical of a sanguine temperament. Peter became the strong, resolute leader of the early church. In the Acts of the Apostles, everything he said was right – because he was filled with the Spirit. Those with a similar personality may be impulsive like Peter, but can be encouraged because Peter was also highly influential. God used him in a great way. God can use you as well.
Peter was a brash, talkative, impulsive man who nevertheless loved Jesus passionately. His faults can be easily identified as he learned to walk with Jesus. Like many people with a dominant sanguine personality, he bites off more than he can chew and is extremely optimistic-sometimes optimistic to the point of being naïve and speaking without thinking.
- He was the one who stated he would never deny knowing Jesus, yet he did (Matthew 26:35, 69-75).
- He was the one who audaciously asked Jesus to command/bid him to walk on water toward Jesus, but before he could reach Jesus, he realized his faith wasn’t as great as he thought and started to sink (Matthew 14:24-31).
- When Jesus revealed he would be killed, Peter rebuked HIM and said that should never be. Jesus responded with a curt, “Get behind me Satan!” to Peter (Matthew 16:21-23).
I love the honesty of the Bible. The people of the bible have real faults, and God reveals how some of them overcame their faults to become leaders. This leaves us with great examples.
Jesus saw genius in Peter. He chose Peter and made him a part of the inner circle. Jesus knew with training and guidance, Peter would become the monumental leader we know about today.
Let us with dominant sanguine personalities be encouraged today by Peter. You have wonderful leadership abilities. With training and encouragement (which we all need), your leadership can be used by God. When we focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, we develop our authentic flow – our gifts.
- God centered enthusiasm can be contagious
- Naiveté can become optimism
- Lack of follow through can become thoughtful volunteering
- Compulsive talkers can become great conversationalist and comforters
Prayer: Father, I acknowledge that I need you to direct my life and I ask for forgiveness of my sins and submit wholeheartedly to you. I invite Christ to again, take HIS place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would. I ask in faith and thank you for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Note: Do not depend upon feelings. The promise of God’s Word, not our feelings, is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
*Stay tuned as we continue covering all four temperaments and the fruit(s) of the spirit throughout this series and how we can apply them to our lives. If you missed part one of the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series, click here to view.
In His loving Service,
Afua R. Jones