One of my favourite passages from the bible is from John 14:27:
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.
Jesus is addressing the fact that the disciples are becoming scared and worried at the prospect of Jesus leaving them, and so He comforts and reassures them that they will have all that they need.
He gives them His Peace, He gives not as the world does, not with condition, not with limitation and not with works. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, imparts His peace onto the disciples, onto us, without limitation.
If we have been given His Peace in abundance, with no restrictions, then that must mean that we live from a place of peace. Peace is the standard from which we live. If that is true, then nothing that comes against us can rob us of our peace, not unless we allow it to. The enemy only has power in our lives if we give him the authority.
For peace to become a standard from which we live, we need to constantly train ourselves to recognize what we are allowing to take authority in our lives.
When we live from peace we live with the expectancy that God will bring us through each and every situation we are faced with. The world would love to rob us of our peace, but if we allow Jesus to fill us, from the inside out, with His peace, then nothing, no-thing, can stand against us and cause is to stumble.
Peace is not the only standard we, as Christians, need to learn to live by. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he talks about how we can do the best things, be the best at encouraging others, speak in the tongues of men and angels, but if we don’t have love, then it counts for nothing, it’s just loud noise in an already noise-filled world. Love has to be the standard. Nothing else matters. Whenever we are doing something that is not from a place of love, we need to question why we are doing it.
So, what is the standard from which you live you life?