1- WHO IS JOY FOR?
A-THE NEWS OF THE JOY OF CHRIST WAS SENT TO THE LOWEST MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.
B-JOY IS FOR EVERYBODY.
2- HOW DO I RECEIVE JOY?
Joy as Feeling. Joy is a feeling called forth by well-being, success, or good fortune. A person automatically experiences it because of certain favorable circumstances. It cannot be commanded.
A-YOU RECEIVE JOY BY COMING TO CHRIST.
B-IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN YOU RECEIVE JOY BY ABIDING IN CHRIST.
Joy as Action. There is a joy that Scripture commands. That joy is action that can be engaged in regardless of how the person feels. Proverbs 5:18 tells the reader to rejoice in the wife of his youth, without reference to what she may be like. Christ instructed his disciples to rejoice when they were persecuted, reviled, and slandered (Mt 5:11, 12). The apostle Paul commanded continuous rejoicing (Phil 4:4; 1 Thes 5:16). James said Christians are to reckon it all joy when they fall into various testings because such testings produce endurance