The Apostle Paul states, “for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”. (Rom. 14:17) Again, a pattern of the triune nature of God is seen, relating to the three divine categories of our existence. Righteousness, being made right, being forgiven, being accepted, being loved by the Creator, allows one to submit his or her life to the Creator’s will. Righteousness inspires submission with a willing and grateful heart. Through being made ‘right with God’, or ‘righteous’, we now can make the right choices in life.
Peace relates to the human mind. Peace deals with the lust of the eyes, for the eyes of man are never satisfied (Prov. 27:20), but the “peace of God which surpasses all comprehension shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7) The peace of God satisfies our minds and keeps our thoughts from racing about. The imaginations of the human mind run rampant, but God’s peace brings clarity as an un-rippled pond. Here is yet another verse, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace.” (Is. 26:3) Peace calms the tumultuous waves of the mind, much like Jesus commanded the sea, “Peace! Be still!” and it was so.
Joy correlates to the human emotions. The joy of the Holy Spirit is released into our lives to drive out the lust of the flesh. (See, devil's attributes and Man's Flesh/ Temptations) There is no ’high’ that can satisfy the human soul (or body) like that of God’s joy. ‘Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:17) “Let him who is merry sing songs.”(James 5:13) God intends for us to allow His joy to flow through our lives to satisfy our inner need for satisfaction. More clothes, more food, more entertainment, materialism, narcissism are all counterfeits to God’s joy. His joy will quell every ungodly lust and desire. His joy will fill up the deepest yearning of the human soul. Nothing can satisfy the longings of the human emotions like the joy of the Lord. He satisfies our deepest desires, and this in turn becomes our strength.
(for more study, see the Trinity Concepts Key)