1. "Seek first to understand, then to be understood"
 
               Why don't we delight in understanding?
A. We don't want to understand. We think we know all there is to know.
 
B. We want to win more than we want to be right. Understanding could threaten our agenda so we don't want to understand.
 
C. It takes a great deal of effort to really understand.
 
2.  Why is it foolish to not delight in understanding?
A. We jump to false conclusions l Samuel 17:17,-19, 26, 28. Proverbs 18:13
 
B.  We needlesly make ourselves and other people miserable. James 1:19,20
 
C.  We don't act on the best possible information and therefore we don't produce the best possible results. Proverbs 24:3-4;  l Peter 3:7
 
D.  We don't grow and develope. Proverbs 15:32
 
E.  We make people less inclined to hear what we have to say. Proverbs 23:9
 
The above was taken from a sermon by Brother Tim Norman.