Extroverted and often times rocky, the choleric temperament is the hot, quick, active, practical, and strong-willed temperament that is often self-sufficient and very independent. The person with this dominant temperament tends to be decisive and opinionated. They find it easy to make decisions for themselves as well as for others. The rocky choleric thrives on activity. They are not frightened by adversities, has dogged determination, and often succeeds where others fail.
The choleric is a born leader. This person seems to always land on their feet. Cholerics emotional nature is the least developed part of their temperament. They usually do not sympathize easily with others, nor do they naturally show or express compassion. This individual has a well-organized mind, though details usually bore them. Once started towards a goal, they may run roughshod over individuals that stand in their way. Oftentimes, cholerics can be bossy and domineering. They want things done their way immediately and are not shy about saying so. Such people thrive on controversy and enjoy arguments.
STRENGTHS: This personality type is usually self-disciplined with a tendency toward self-determination. They are confident in their ability and aggressive. Like Sanguine types, they are in perpetual motion only they tend to plan better. They doggedly stick with projects. They readily accept leadership roles and are aggressive. This personality type is optimistic, adventurous, and has a pioneering spirit.
WEAKNESSES: People with this temperament are not emotional and tends to lack compassion and are unsympathetic. They are prone to anger, are often revengeful, and have a tendency to run over people. Unless they are given strong moral standards, they do not hesitate to break the law. Many of the world’s most depraved criminals and dictators have been or are choleric.
Parental Note: The more choleric your children’s temperaments, the more intense your prayers should be for their conversion between third and fifth grade, while they still retain sensitivity to spiritual things.
The Choleric (Short-Tempered) Description
The Bible character that fits the characteristics of a choleric best is probably the Apostle Paul. Paul was a hard worker. His productivity is shown by his missionary journeys and letters to the Christians of the first century in verses like 1 Thessalonians 2:9 (NIV), “Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.”
We also see evidence of a confident but intolerant man. Paul was so sure he was doing the right thing in persecuting Christians that he said “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day” (Acts 23:1). In his confidence, he was intolerant of Christianity.
Once Paul was taught the truth, he used his confidence and intolerance for God. In writing to the Corinthians, Paul condemned their lack of shame and acceptance of immorality and corruption in the church (1 Corinthians 5 and 6). He did so with the confidence that he was doing God’s will. (Whereas the apostles could teach no error, they were not flawless in their practice of Christianity, Galatians 2:11-14). We, like Paul, should be confident in our faith and intolerant of perversions of that faith. On matters of opinion though, we should have tolerance to keep peace or to prevent others from stumbling (1 Corinthians 8).
Let us, with dominant choleric personalities, be encouraged today by Paul. You have wonderful persistence and leadership abilities. With training and encouragement (which we all need), your persistence and leadership can be used by God. When we focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, we develop our authentic flow – our gifts.
- Having humility and loving kindness
- Being encouraging and help churches to grow
- Being uncompromising, using your God-given talents and gifting to deal with difficulty
- Being an accomplished hard worker for God
Prayer: Jesus, I want You in the center of my life and commit through Your power to serve and obey You, at anytime, anywhere, at any cost. I live in the freedom of your forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 2:12; Colossians 1:13-14). I need Your help. I can’t do this alone. Give me strength by Your Spirit to love You with my whole being today. I take hold of Your Spirit by faith and will keep You at the center of my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Become fully alive in JESUS!
*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 are joining in on the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series for the first time, part one can be viewed here, and part two can be viewed here.
In His loving Service,
Afua R. Jones