Consider how the heart of God is set upon making peace with us, and what it cost him.
GOd was in Christ reconciling the world to himself: this work hath taken up the thoughts, councels, heart of God from all eternity above any thing that ever he did: this is the chief master-piece of all the works of God. There is more of the glory of God in this, then in all that God hath done. This is and shall be the object of the admiration of Angels and Saints, Page 277 the matter of their praises to all eternity. The heart of God was so in this, that he was resolved to have it whatsoever it cost him; it cost the dearest that ever any thing in this world did; yea the price of it was more then ten thousand worlds are worth: it was no lesse then the bloud of the Sonne of God, of him who is the second person in Trinity, God blessed for evermore. Col. 1. 14. In whom we have redemption through his bloud who is the image of the invisible God, the first borne of every creature: by him were all things created, he is before all things: by him all things consist, in him all fulnesse dwels: and having made peace through the bloud of his Crosse, ver. 20. What God hath done for peace with us, cals aloud to us to prize peace one with another. It is the Apostles argument, 1 Joh. 3. 16. He laid down his life for us, we ought to lay downe our lives for the brethren. It cost his life to make our peace with God. We should be willing to do any thing we are able, even to the hazard of our lives, to make peace among the Saints. Christ laid down his life even for this peace also. Ephes. 2. 14. For he is our peace who hath made both one, and hath broke downe the middle wall of partition betweene us, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, to make in himselfe of twaine one new man, so making peace, and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the Crosse. Christ reconciles both unto God: but how? it is in one body. Lay this Consideration warm at your hearts, and it will comfort your hearts, and so preserve and encrease peaceable dispositions in you towards one another.