Righteousness, Peace and Joy

‘The kingdom of God is
righteousness, peace and joy
in the Holy Spirit.’
(Romans 14:17)

True joy is dancing peace;
real peace is joy at rest;
God’s righteousness, the root
that blossoms into peace
and seed-filled joy as fruit.

Kingdom – the reign of God –
defines and regulates
all righteous peace and joy,
exposing faked by pure.

Only when empowered
by the Spirit’s fire of love
can we generate
this regal joy-at-rest,
this righteous dancing peace.

Hugh Thompson (6 November 1997)

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