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Personality & Spiritual Gifts In Marriage

Our desires, abilities, experiences, personality, and spiritual gifts are all God given resources that can work together in our pursuit of serving Him (Romans 15:6). Understanding your personality and the personality of your spouse is helpful in determining what roles and functions each of you will most naturally fulfill. A thorough understanding can help you anticipate your spouse’s needs and help you respect each other’s different ways of dealing with life.

When striving together as a couple to discover your individual spiritual gifts, remember that our design helps to reveal our purpose. Therefore, take note of the way you are each designed by God with desires and abilities. Recognize this design is for a purpose. Often, where you find yourself most effective and where you find the most satisfaction and joy indicate the presence of a spiritual gift. This gifting and design is for God’s glory and we are to use it for that end. For more information on each of these areas, please review the full document.


For Further Information:

Does Your Spouse Annoy You?
This short article emphasizes how recognizing and accepting personality differences in marriage can strengthen your relationship. [Family Life]

Keirsey Temperament Sorter
This website allows visitors to take an online version of the Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a commonly used personality and communication styles inventory (similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).  This assessment is free and take roughly 20 – 30 minutes to complete. The results provide helpful information about how a person prefers to communicate, take in information, make decisions, and interact with others. The results can be used to help individuals understand each other better and build bridges instead of polarize. It provides helpful information for engaged and married couples, coworkers, etc. [keirsey.com]