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we be more active for our own Preservation, than our Enemies are for our Ruin?
$ 11. Ir fhould excite us to Diligence, when we confider our Talents, and our Mercies, our Relations to Ged, and the Afflictions he lays upon us.--The Talents Tuhich we have received are many and great. What People breathing on Earth have had plainer Instructions, or more forcible Perfuafions, or more constant Admoritions, in Season and out of Season? Sermons, till, we have been weary of them; and Sabbaths, till we profaned them? Excellent Books in such Plenty, . that we knew not which to read? What People bave had God fo near them? or have seen so much of Christ crucified before their Eyes? or have had Heaven and Hell so opened unto them? What Speed should such a Poo; le make for Heaven? How should they fy that are thus winged? And how fwiftly should they fail that have Wind and Tide to hella them? A small Measure of Grace befeems not fuch a People, nor will an ordinary Diligence in the Work of God excuse them. All our Lives have been filled with Mercies. God hath mercifully poured out upon us the Riches of Sea and Land, of Heaven and Earth. We are fëd, and cloathed with Mercy. We have Mercies within and without. To number them, is to count the Stars, or the Sands of the Sea-Shore. If there be any Difference betwixt Hell and Earth; yea, or Heaven and Earth; then certainly we have received Mercy. If the Blood of the Son of God be Mercy, then we are engaged to God by Mercy. Shall God think nothing too much, nor too good, for us; and shall we think all too much that we do for him? When I compare my low and unprofitable Life, with the frequentand wonderful Mercies received, it shames me, it silences me, and leaves me inexcusable. Besides our Talents and Mercies, our Relations to God