Chanshi Chibwe: Bible Verses to Help Each Enneagram Type Overcome Their Greatest Fear

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Enneagram, you might just want to take a stroll through The Enneagram Institute. It’s an ancient, but newly popularized psychological model for understanding personality. The Enneagram defines nine personality types ranging from 1 to 9.

Psychology experts and fans alike assert the Enneagram the one of the premiere typology methods as it helps identify root motivations, strengths and even fears. In the Christian community especially, it’s largely touted as an extraordinarily helpful tool to better understand ourselves and what weaknesses to pray into.

One of the unique characteristics of the Enneagram typology is its identification of our core fears. Because we often struggle to separate who we are from how we see ourselves or behave in specific environments – recognizing your greatest fears becomes one of the most authentic ways to self-assess your type without bias.

Personally, as a Type 9 (The Peacemaker), I’ve come to better recognize my own fears with the Enneagram as I often struggle to verbalize how I feel. It’s helped shaped my language around my fears and ultimately how I can lift them to God. To that end, here are bible verses that speak into the core fear of each Enneagram type.

Type 1—The Reformer
The fear of imperfection, coming up short.

Type 1’s strive to be virtuous right and do the right thing at the right time. They fear being accused, misinterpreted, corrected, blamed and not meeting expectations. A reminder for Type 1’s is that you were not created for perfection. Jesus, the only truly perfect one to recover your shortcomings.

Bible Verse | 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Type 2—The Helper
The fear of being unloved or unwanted by others.

Type 2’s are driven by their need to be needed. They’re deeply motivated by proving their worthiness to care and provide for their loved ones, often out of fear of losing love. This fear of being unloved creates desperation and encourages them to overextend themselves. Two’s need to remember that you are completely and utterly loved by God and His love never fails or runs dry.

Bible Verse | Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Type 3—The Performer
The fear of being unaccomplished and worthless.

Type 3’s strive for success and rely on validation from others to assess their value. They constantly create goals to track their achievements and impress others. Their core fear is failing to win the admiration of others and ultimately being considered worthless.

The Biblical reminder for Type 3s’s is that your value does not come from serving man but serving God only.

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chanshi Chibwe