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to the effusion of human blood. The value of man's life is great--of man's soul infinitely greater. He who duly ponders this, must consider war, though in some cases necessary, in all cases horrible: nor can he be other than shocked with reflecting on the thousands of his fellow-creatures slaughtered in battle, and their souls hurried into eternity; many of them, most of them 'tis to be feared, in the full career of unrepented sin. When a victory makes way for peace, I can rejoice in it; though not without melancholy reflections on the fatal consequences perhaps to thousands, mingling with my joy. Otherwise, the life of an American, a Frenchman, a Spaniard, or a Hollander, is, in my estimation, of equal value with the life of a Briton: even successful war excites my lamentation; and the return of peace is matter of thanksgiving, as I am a man and a christian, even though I should not, as an Englishman, approve of the conditions. “Send peace in our time, O LORD!"
- That it may please thee to give unity, peace, and 'concord to all nations,' are requests, which surely no true christian can hesitate in adopting: nor should any christian refuse his tribute of praise and gratitude, when such requests are granted. Many, from selfish motives, wish for war; but can he, who has the law of God written in his heart; even this law, “ Thou shalt " love thy neighbour as thyself,” desire the slaugh. ter of his fellow-men, for the sake of his own emolu. ment?
2. We have cause to thank God for stopping the effusion of the blood of our friends and relatives. How VOL. II.
many, during the war, mournedover slaughtered fathers, brothers, sons, relatives, and friends! How many weep. ing eyes for the dead! How many anxious hearts about the living! Ought we not to thank God for relieving us in this respect from grief and anxiety?
3. We are bound to thank God for preserving our land from becoming the seat of war. Many feared it; many of you, my fellow-christians, feared it, and prayed against it. Assuredly, our felicity, in this respect, both lieretofore and in this conjuncture, is the gift of God, and demands our gratitude. He spread the protecting ocean around us; he raised us to our present naval power; he gives skill, hardiness, and courage to our seamen; he gives victory to our fleets; he awes our enemies to a distance; he silences popular insurrections, and prevents civil war. For these mercies praise ye the LORD. The loss of men and money we know: but war, horrible war, as a nation we know not, or we could not fail to prize such a distinguishing favour. May we never learn to know its worth, by its loss!
4. We are bound to bless God for breaking the strong confederacy formed against us. Arguing from former events, we bad little to fear from any of our cnemies separately. When two heretofore have united, we have had countenance and assistance from the others or they have stood neuter. But in this conjuncture, four powerful nations were confederated against us, and thus excited our just and melancholy apprehensions. God hath broken in pieces this formidable combination, and it is not at all probable that it should speedily be renewed. Thus by the peace, though hu. miliating, the urgent cause of terror is happily removed. The combination is broken, and we are delivered, as a bird out of the snare of the fowler. For this, my brethren, praise and bless the LORD, who maketh the counsels of the people to be of none efect.
5. Though reduced, we are still preserved an ins dependent kingdom: our laws and liberties, civil and religious, are still continued to us: we dwell in peace and safety, and may yet meet together to worship God according to our conscience. If you love the LORD, if you love his house and ordinances, then praise the Lord; and let not Satan, by tempting you to repine over the remembrance of our diminished grandeur and consequence, prevail with you to withhold the revenue of thanks, so justly due to God. Remember, that " it is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed." Shall we not then praise him for dealing with us so much better than our deservings?
6. 'Our trade and manufactures, on which the affla. ence of the wealthy, and the subsistance of the indigent so much depend, are far from ruined; they revive, and in many places Nourish. And, if renewed provocations do not cause the Lord to coinmand fresh judgments, we may hope gradually to recover some part at least of our former prosperity. Indeed, amongst you, and
perhaps in some other places and manufactures, * ng remarkable amendment hath taken place: but forget not, that during the war, things. grew worse every year.---Had not God answered your prayers in sending peace, how much worse had your trade been ere this? Since the peace it hath some what recovered.
Therefore, both on your own account and your countrymen's, forget not to praise the Lord for the past, and that will prove the best means of procuring greater things in future. tij in
7. The exhausting, intolerable expences of the war, are now. ceased.—You will say, our taxes still increase, and I feel no relief from the peace, but additional burdens imposed yearly; how then can I be thankful? Yet.consider, these very taxes are imposed to pay
the interest of the sums borrowed during the war, and of those borrowed since the war, to pay off its heavy ar. rears. Had the war still continued, if we had not been overpowered by the united forces of our enemies, the intolerable expence must have ruined us. The present grievous taxes may teach us to bless God for peace: for had the war continued, our present heavy burdens would have been made vasily heavier; therefore, silence your murmurings, and join with me in praising the LORD.,
I would now then proceed to make some further. improvement of the subject.
1. You may learn from hence, that the LORD is
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awfully holy in hating, and impartially just in punishing sin: yet he is good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy to all them who penitently and heartily call upon him. Tremble then, stout-hearted sinner: that God whose law thou hast broken, whose gospel thou hast neglected, whose grace thou despisest, and whose justice thou defiest, is a consuming fire, a jealous God, vengeance belongs unto him, and he will repay. He whose justice and power bring nations so low for iniquity, can easily, and will certainly, bring thee low, even into hell, except thou repent, and be lieve the gospel.
Be encouraged, poor trembling sinner: fear not to call upon this gracious God: return to him in his
appointed way, who now kindly invites thee; and never did tender parent more cordially and affectionately receive a returning prodigal, than GOD will welcome thee.
2. You see that this harmony of perfect justice and holiness, with rich and plenteous mercy, which is the perfection of beauty, the loveliness of God, doth require the interposition of the divine Mediator, and the infinitely valuable satisfaction of his death; otherwise, every exertion of pardoning mercy and love to sinners, would imply a defect of justice, and imperfection of holiness. It is only in the person of Jesus, Emmanuel, that'this harmonious glory of God can be seen. In him the law is magnified, justice satisfied, holiness manifested, and mercy exercised, and God appears a