Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. - Proverbs 18:2
Dear Lord, give me the grace today to not so much seek to be understood as to understand. Help me to honor the fact that you have given me two ears and one mouth and to trust that I can do more with my ears as I listen with the intent to understand. When I do open my mouth, help me to ask kind and thoughtful questions that reach deeper into the heart of the other person. After I have fully comprehended what they are feeling, thinking, and saying, then help me to answer in such a way that shows humility and love as I give whatever two cents I have left to give. AMEN
To seek to understand is the first-fruit of wisdom.
Additional Readings: James 1:16-27, James 3:12-18