Have you ever been misquoted or had what you said taken out of context? If you’ve preached you have. I’ve had people tell me before something I never said anything even close to. I’ve had people quote me totally out of context to make it sound like I said something I never would say. I’ve had people quote me directly and correctly and not attribute my quote to me. Hey, it happens.
A while back I heard an interview where a sports network exec was talking about the pros and cons of mic’ing coaches. The interview took an interesting turn when the exec said: “The real gold happens when he forgets he is mic’ed up!” He said most coaches, early in the game, think before they talk. They know they have a wire on. It’s when a really bad call is made and the coach reacts before he remembers. It’s later in the game when he has basically forgotten he is wired for sound that you get the real coach.
Of course, you are probably way ahead of me. Minister friend, YOU are mic’ed up. 24/7. And there are those who will get what you say wrong, and there are those who would misuse your words, BUT God won’t. He knows your words, He hears your prayers, and even more than that He knows the intentions of your words and your heart. He will not misjudge, misunderstand, or use your words against you. And next time someone tries to destroy you and your ministry with their words about your words. Remember Him. And you might remember, no one has had their words misused more than Him. He understands. Be thankful.