Colossians 3:15 (NKJV)
Most people do not like excessive rules but most people do like some type of rules or guidelines. If there were no rules or guidelines then the result would be chaos. But the question is, what are the rules or guidelines in any situation? In sports there are referees who help to guide and direct the players to follow the rules. If one of the players does something that goes against the rules the referee will do something to let that player know that there is a problem and what is being done must stop. A referee is placed in a contest to help direct the players to stay within the guidelines of the sport.
Most Christians do not like excessive rules but most Christians do agree that there has to be some way for a believer to have safe guidance in life and a way to do the things that please God. While we do not have any official Christian referees within churches we do have the Holy Spirit living in us to help us. The Bible says in Romans 8:16 that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. That simply means that there is agreement, or peace, between the Holy Spirit and our spirit. We need to have this peace as the rule that guides our life.
Christians can get into trouble by not allowing the peace of God to rule in their life; they do something but do not have a sense of peace in their heart, so is not something that the Holy Spirit is directing them to do. We must always walk in the peace of God by following the direction of the Holy Spirit and the steps He guides us to take in life. These steps can be things He speaks to our hearts, something He shows us in the Word of God, or just the sense of peace within us knowing that a certain thing is the right thing to do. We must allow the peace of God to rule in our heart and in our life.