The phlegmatic is the calm, cool, slow, easy-going, well-balanced temperament that never seems to get ruffled. Phlegmatics have a high boiling point and seldom explode in anger or laughter but keep their emotions under control. The phlegmatic temperament is usually kindhearted and sympathetic but seldom conveys their true feelings. They tend to feel more emotion than appears on the surface and have a good capacity to appreciate the fine arts and the “finer things” in life.
Phlegmatics do not lack for friends because they enjoy people and have a naturally dry sense of humor that others enjoy. They usually have a retentive mind, and find it difficult to be motivated to move beyond their daily routine. The world has benefited greatly from those that are phlegmatics, because they are incredibly gracious. They have a conciliating effect on others and are natural peacemakers. They appear to easily be masters at anything that requires meticulous patience and daily routine.
Phlegmatics seem to be drawn to the field of education and often make excellent foremen, supervisors, and managers. Because they are diplomatic and not abrasive, they work well with people. They are well organized, and rarely come to a meeting unprepared or late. They also tend to work well under pressure and are extremely dependable.
STRENGTHS: These individuals have a wonderful sense of humor. They have an inborn capacity to see the light side of life.
WEAKNESSES: They are so easy going they are prone to be slow and lazy. They tend to do as little as necessary. They tend to be selfish and stubbornly resist change. All four temperaments tend to be selfish but those possessing this trait are the most selfish. They are indecisive because they don’t want to get involved.
Phlegmatic (Peacemaker) Temperament Description
Every weakness in each temperament and can be overcome by a transformed nature. The negative traits can be overcome by a spirit-controlled temperament. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian according to Paul the Apostle in his Epistle to the Galatians. The fruit of such a temperament is identified in Galatians 5: 22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Abraham is a good example of a Phlegmatic. He is a classic example of how God can transform a person’s natural weakness into strength. Abraham’s fear, worry and indecision became resolution, courage and action to the point that more space is given to Abraham in the New Testament than any other Old Testament biblical character.
Let us with dominant phlegmatic personalities be encouraged today by Abraham. You have a great sense of humor and work well with others. With training and encouragement (which we all need), your dependability and practicality can be used by God. When we focus on our strengths rather than our weaknesses, we develop our authentic flow – our gifts- so that we can be:
- Dependable and can complete Kingdom assignments with efficiency
- Diplomatic by nature – leaning towards peace
- Able to meditate with great skill
- Does not compromise GOD’s WORD
Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that You will give me strength and wisdom to be strong in You in this world. Lord, you know the struggles that I will face, be with me as I go through them. Psalm 23:4 (NIV) says that, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Carry me as I move through my life. If I stumble, forgive me, Father. I praise you as I expect to succeed in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*Please join in next week as we conclude the Spirit Controlled Temperament and the fruit of the spirit, and how we can apply them to our lives. If you are joining in on the Spirit Controlled Temperament Series for the first time, please view part one, part two, part three, and part four.
In His Loving Service,
Afua R. Jones