(Proverbs 18:13 KJV) He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
One of the strengths of the Bible is that the teaching is consistent throughout the entire book. Another is that the Holy Spirit opens our eyes and hearts as we read, teaching us and making us receptive. A third is truth that does not change. In regard to this verse it is a reminder that we need to be reminded.
I read this verse once a month. I don’t always stop and think about it but sometimes it hits home. That is one of the reasons I keep working through Proverbs. This is a reminder to be patient and listen. It is making the point that we often don’t hear what people are really saying because we are using our filters instead of honestly seeking to understand.
So? How many conversations will I have today that will not involve real listening? How much will I miss because of that? How much will I lose? This is a good growing point.