Love and Joy

Janet Aucoin March 8, 2017

This is the second class in the fourth series of classes of the Women’s Foundation series.

This series explores what it looks like when the Holy Spirit is working in your life to develop the character of Christ in you.

I. Welcome

II. Review

III. The Fruit of the Spirit

A. The Work of the Holy Spirit[1]

1. Who is the Holy Spirit? (John 14:23; Gen 1:2; Is 32:14-18; John 16:7-15; John 14:15-16

2. The jobs of the Holy Spirit

a. ____________________. (Ps 104:30; John 3:6-7; John 6:63; Rom 8:11; Heb 3:7-8, Heb 10:15-16; Acts 1:8; Rom 8:26).

b. ____________________- Gal 5:16-24; John 16:8-11; I Cor 6:11; 2 Cor 3:18; 2 Thess 2:13; I Peter 1:2; Rom 8:4, 15-16; Rom 8:13, 7:6; Phil 1:19; Rom 5:5

c. ____________________– Rom 8:16; Rom 8:4-16; Gal 5:16-25; John 14:20; Luke 12:12; John 16:13

d. ____________________– Acts 2:44-47; 2 Cor 13:14; Phil 2:1-4; 1 Cor 12:7; Col 3:14

B. The Deeds of the Flesh vs. The Fruit of the Spirit - Gal 5:16-25

1. The Deeds of the ____________________

Rom 8:5-8 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

2. The Fruit of the ____________________– Gen 1:26-28

Rom 8: 9-13 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

IV. Application Questions for Holy Spirit content

V. Love

A. Devotion to God results in ____________________to others. John 13:34-35; I John 4; John 4:13-14; John 8:37-38

B. The ability to love is given to us by God at ____________________and is evidence of abiding in God. Romans 5:5; I John 4:15-21

C. Love is the ____________________for growth in all of the fruit. II Cor 5:14-15; I Cor 13; Gal 5:22-23

D. Love is ____________________giving of yourself to meet the needs of others. I John 4:7-11

D. Spiritual gifts practiced without love will be ____________________, distracting, and annoying. I Cor 13:1-4; I Cor 13:8

E. Understanding love’s ____________________can help you to live it out in practical moments. I Cor 13:4-8a

1. Love is…

a. Patient – to suffer long, have forbearance; able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people[2]

b. Kind - having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others; wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others[3]

2. Love is not…

a. Jealous - intolerant of rivalry or unfaithfulness; hostile toward a rival or one believed to enjoy an advantage; vigilant in guarding a possession[4]; (sometimes referred to in Scripture as Envious) feeling or showing unhappiness over someone else's good fortune and a desire to have the same, feeling or showing a desire to have what someone else has [5]

b. Arrogant (proud) having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people, exaggerating or disposed to exaggerate one's own worth or importance often by an overbearing manner, showing an offensive attitude of superiority[6]

c. Easily provoked (easily angered) (irritable) becoming angry or annoyed easily[7]

3. Love does…

a. Rejoices with the truth

b. Always Protects ( Bears all things) to keep (someone or something) from being harmed, lost, etc.[8]

c. Always Trusts (Believes all things) to believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. to have confidence in (someone or something), to hope or expect that something is true or will happen[9]

d. Always Hopes (Hopes all things) to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true,[10]

e. Endures all things to experience pain or suffering for a long time, to deal with or accept something unpleasant, to undergo (as a hardship) especially without giving in, to regard with acceptance or tolerance, to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding[11] (always perseveres) to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult, to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement[12]

3. Love does not…

a. Brag arrogant talk or manner, a pompous or boastful statement[13] (Boast) a statement in which you express too much pride in yourself or in something you have, have done, or are connected to in some way[14]

b. Act Unbecomingly to lack proper form which results in indecent actions[15]; not attractive : not becoming [16] does not dishonor others to cause someone or something to lose honor : to cause someone or something to no longer be respected, to bring shame on, to treat in a degrading manner[17] rude not having or showing concern or respect for the rights and feelings of other people : not polite [18]

c. Seek Its Own insist on its own way; is not self-seeking the act or practice of selfishly advancing one's own ends [19]

d. Take into account a wrong suffered (resentful) (keep a record of wrongs) to take into account, reckon, or charge something to someone’s account[20]; having or showing a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair[21]

e. Rejoice in unrighteousness/wrongdoing (does not delight in evil)

F. Love is evidence of spiritual ____________________. I Cor 13:8-13

VI. Application Questions for Love

VII. Joy

A. The Greek word for joy from Gal 5:22 is sometimes translated “____________________.”

B. Scripture says that ____________________brings us joy. Luke 2:10, Luke 24:41, John 24:50-53, John 17:13

C. Joy is able to experienced completely detached from ____________________. Rom 8:28,29

D. The deepest experiences of joy are obtained through having an ____________________perspective. Matthew 13:44; Heb 10:32 – 36; I Peter 1:6-9

E. When we live our lives ____________________in God’s love his joy is in us, and our joy is full. John 15:1-11

F. God delights to give us answered ____________________so that our joy might be full. John 16:24

G. ____________________to the Lord causes us to enjoy joy better. Matthew 25:23

H. Our faithfulness to the Lord ____________________other believers and gives them joy (especially our spiritual leaders). Heb 13:17; 3 John 1:4

I. Our joy is tied to our ability ____________________ourselves for the benefit of others. Romans 14:13-17; Rom 15:1, 7, 13

J. Scripture indicates that our actions to ____________________other believers gives them joy. Acts 15:33; 2 Cor 8:1-5

K. Joy is sometimes increased in us as a result of ____________________and / or discipline from the Lord. Heb 12:11; John 16:21; James 1:2-4; Heb 12:2

L. Joy is returned or increased when we ____________________sin. Luke 15:7 I John 1:4 and 1:8-10

VIII. Application Questions for Joy

IX. Questions

X. Recommendations for Further Study

  1. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  2. Selfishness by Lou Priolo
  3. God’s Love by David Powlison
  4. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick
  5. God’s Love Compels Us by D. A. Carson
  6. Speaking Truth In Love by David Powlison
  7. How to Love Difficult People by CCEF
  8. The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges
  9. Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials by Elizabeth George
  10. Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

[1] The book Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, pages 634 – 653 was referenced heavily for the research of this section




















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Janet Aucoin


Janet is the Director of Women's Ministry at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); Host of the Joyful Journey Podcast (helping women learn that when you choose truth you choose joy); ACBC certified; teacher in Faith Community Institute; Coordinator of FBS seminary wives fellowship, retreat and conference speaker; B.S. Human Resources, University of South Florida.