People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for. (from To Kill a Mockingbird)
It’s difficult, isn’t it, to keep an open mind? Often we feel that we know enough about a certain situation that we don’t really hear someone else’s explanation. Our mind is made up, so we don’t see the evidence clearly. The first rule in conversation must be to listen attentively. Reserve judgment until you understand the facts clearly. Wouldn’t that make getting along easier?
And the people of Berea were more open-minded . . . and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message . . . to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. (Acts 17:11)