Speaking the whole truth
- not just the parts that are pleasing to the world -
“I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
“For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. "
Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer who wrote Blessed Assurrance, Jesus is mine and more than a thousand other hymns, knew this truth well. She said,
"It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me."