I’ve long believed in the idea of “Seek to understand before trying to be understood!” It’s much like “Others don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”
Both of these quotes cause us to listen before speaking. It helps us to ask questions so we are better equipped to make accurate statements.
If our ultimate goal is to be right in a conversation, then we will make statements without empathy or complete understanding of the other person’s actual feelings about the topic.
Jesus demonstrated effective conversations even though he knew the answers. Scripture shows us Jesus asking more than three hundred questions.
Questions engage others, cause others to listen, and make others think.
Ultimately, we want to share the “truth” with others effectively. If we are so argumentative, critical, or condemning, then we shut the door of opportunity because of our desire to be correct and not effective.