“He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.” (Proverbs 18:17)
It is always wise to get both sides of a story. We need to carefully take in all angles, and hear from all parties, before we arrive at conclusions. To avoid embarrassment we are warned: “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” (Prov. 18:13)
This also holds true when it comes to knowing God. There are those who like to present only one facet of His nature. Yes, He is a God of love; but He is also a God of judgment. David wisely wrote: “I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.” (Ps. 101:1) Paul reminds us to take in the whole picture: “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God” (Rom. 11:22).
We do God a disservice when we tell others only half His story. He has written His autobiography. He has made Himself fully known in His Word. We have no right to edit His Book. He solemnly warns us not to add or subtract from it. Get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth! Be a faithful witness of His Word.