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Compassionately Offer Now Care, Emphasizing Redeemer's Nurture! (C.O.N.C.E.R.N)

Ramesh C. Reddy

“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.” (Philippians 4:10, NIV) 

I asked myself what is the emphasis of Philippians 4:10?
The word 'concern' stood out.

I asked myself  what is the cause-effect relationship in this verse?
I see Paul rejoicing greatly in the Lord because of the Philippians concern for him even though they had no opportunity to show it at the time.

I asked myself what are the implications for my own life?
I learned the importance of showing concern for others because not only does it help and make the person happy who we are showing concern for but also it moves people to rejoice greatly in the Lord that concern has been shown. It is so important to show active concern more than passive concern. With the Lord's help, that can happen! Thank you so much Jesus.

When the need is extremely great and help arrives that moment is etched in memory forever. This past December, members of Transformers small group showed concern for me when I needed to move a lot of boxes out of the apartment before my sweet wife Chandra arrived. Without their help, I would have been in a jam. I am so thankful to David, Yvonne, Matt, Steve, Johannes, Jomei, and Daniel for all the help they gave me. They could have been doing other stuff but they helped out multiple times. Thank you so much Jesus.

Without my mommy's help and Transformers help, Chandra's adjustment would have been so much more difficult. They encouraged her by showing deep concern for her at all times wanting to become part of her life. Our small group leader Calvin and his wife Elise threw a welcome party for her with all kinds of gifts joined by Pastor Hugo, Kristen, Josh, Edwin, Marie, Steve, Rodney, Suzanne, Vicky, Rebecca, Meera, Cecilia, Elder Bill, Matt, Pastor Ed, Pin Hsi, David, Yvonne, and Eric.

Especially Pastor Hugo, Heather, and Calvin encouraged her to get involved in the church and Yvonne made house visits to spend time with Chandra. This all would not have happened if they did not show genuine concern for Chandra and me. Thank you so much Jesus. We rejoiced in the Lord for all the help. The Lord Jesus got the glory. Thank you Jesus!

Few years ago, I was really touched by the amount of concern shown me by Pastor Hugo, Edwin, Marie, and Kristen during a turbulent time in ministry. It is their support and concern that has allowed me to be where I am now. Thank you Jesus.

Each day, I am so blessed how much concern my loving wife shows me in different areas of my life because of her love for me. The other day I was so touched when I found out that she could not sleep because she was so concerned about my respiratory trouble. I felt I had slept well but she had not because of her concern for me :(

Years ago, I was terribly burdened, moving stuff by myself from Shadyside to Sq. Hill and yet I did not want to burden any of the students that I was serving so I decided to do it on my own. I did not even ask for their help to move but just  to pray for me. Without me knowing, the students I ministered to at Pitt  showed up at my doorstep because they were deeply concerned for me. They cancelled their Bible study on 'service to others', so they could become a service to me. When I think about that encounter, I still get 'tears of joy' for what they did especially in the circumstances. It is one thing to help out when asked for help and another thing to help out when no help is asked but knowing that person needs help. I fell in the second category.

It was around finals weeks and they showed up at my doorstep to help me not only pack, but clean out my apartment, and move all the stuff to Squirrel Hill. I insisted they leave because I did not want to burden them but they wanted to carry my burden. They stayed for almost 3 hours from 8:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. to clean out my apartment and pack everything. Then two of them came back the next day to pack everything into a truck, transport them to Sq. Hill, and unloaded all of them.

Being the staff volunteer for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) at the time, I wanted to be the one concerned for the welfare of the students but they turned the tables around and unexpectedly showed concern for me their staff worker in the most practical way that I can never forget. They showed what the love of Jesus Christ acted out in a daily life means and put into effect everything they learned from me about small group community that loves Jesus so much can do.

For me, Sara (the president of PITT-IVCF),  Jonathan (the vice-president of PITT-IVCF, Becky (the former VP of PITT-IVCF),  Josh (Worship leader of PITT-IVCF, and David (Bible study leader of PITT-IVCF) embodied some of the elements of the signature passage of IVCF small groups from Acts 2:42-47:

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

I was really impacted by this verse because it made me see how quickly I forget to show concern for others when  I rationalize things such as 'They want to be left alone, there are others who can show them concern, etc. I fell into this category yesterday when I should have shown concern to two people but did not thinking they want to be left alone. Forgive me Lord.

I learned when we show concern, we also show that they are loved and we are thinking about them instead of them feeling lonely and abandoned. I should have at least made the effort and left the results in the Lord's Hands after talking to them.

I want the Lord Jesus to help me discern the concerns of others even when they don't ask but need help and help them out. I want Acts 2:42-47 to be a reality in my own life so others can see that it is because of the Savior's work in me. 

For that to happen, I need to love the Lord Jesus so much and be in a community of believers who love the Lord Jesus so much that they care, share, and pray for one another. In multiple areas, I found that in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in all my years there as a student, student-leader, staff volunteer and staff worker. Now, I have found that in Transformers of Oakland International Fellowship.

It is amazing to be cared for, prayed for, and sharing of the life with one another. It all starts with Jesus Christ. It is because of Jesus Christ and His love for us for what He did to redeem us from the power of sin and death that we can be a loving community that lives by its acts.

I was so touched when I found out that my loving wife was deeply concerned about me the other day when I was having respiratory trouble. In a way, I felt bad because of me she could not sleep quickly but her concern showed her love for me.

Friend, showing concern to others will not always be easy and will also require sacrifice but the dividends are worth it especially knowing that you concern for others can impact their life and also bring rejoicing before the Lord. Thank you Jesus.

I ask you now dear friend, why show C.O.N.C.E.R.N for others in life?
Dear friend,
 showing concern for others in life shows your own love for them and the Lord's love for them because He uses vessels such as you and me to impact people's lives. You can be the one to show concern for someone today. It maybe someone who is dealing with spiritual questions, it could be someone dealing with life's missed opportunities, it could be someone in a broken relationship. Whatever the reason, you have been put at this place for such a time as this because the Lord Jesus wants to use you. Jesus has such a concern for the lost, for the poor, for the downtrodden, for the brokenhearted, for the captives, etc. That is why Jesus came and He wants to use you and me to bring others to Jesus.

"Jesus said, 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.'" (Luke 4:19-20, NIV)

People are lost everywhere and people are so concerned but we have the opportunity to alleviate that concern when we show them Jesus Christ in their  lives. But to even have that opportunity, we need to have the help of the Holy Spirit so He can give us His grace to have the power, purpose, peace, and promises to accomplish all He set us out to do. Thank you Jesus! This happens first and foremost because we have been pardoned by Him by His blood and given the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us when we turn to Him .

I do not know who the Lord Jesus has placed a concern in your heart for but take that concern daily to the Lord in prayer and have Him work in your life to show concern. You very well maybe the person that someone needs right now.

As Dwight Smith, a missionary reminded us at OIF, we need to take every opportunity the Lord Jesus gives us because missed opportunities prevent us from being a blessing to others. You and I can be that blessing when we ask the Lord Jesus to show us who to be concerned for in our sphere of influence and act upon that concern. There are a lot of people that need our help.

Working in a campus community, I see the concerns of different students and my heart goes out to them. Some have concerns with food allergies, others with their relationship with the Lord, with family, friends, education, etc.

These are concerns that the Lord is concerned about too and has given us opportunities to alleviate other people's concerns. You can be the one to do that at times with just PRAYER if you do not have opportunities to directly help out.

Speaking of ministry, you may have someone in your life that has ministered to you but now they need ministering too. Take that opportunity to minister to them. There are so many who do ministry and then there are those who specifically have ministered to you personally. It is those that you can let know that you are concerned and care for them. It could be a family member who has ministered to you, a friend who has ministered to you, a pastor who has ministered to you, etc. You could be on the receiving end a lot but you have the wonderful opportunity to let that person/s know that you are concerned for them and their ministry. It can be a caring kind of concern.

When we are concerned about someone, we look for solutions to help them. In that way, they are helped and it relieves our own concern for them as we see them being helped. Thank you Jesus! Sometimes all that is needed is a surprise email, a surprise text, a surprise phone call, etc to show them that you are thinking about them and have concern for them. Help us Jesus!

I do not know who you are concerned about! Whoever it is, you can take it to the Lord in prayer for guidance and help. Each of our concern for other people actually does make an impact in their lives even if we cannot directly show it. Paul rejoiced greatly in the Lord even in prison because he knew people were concerned for him.

Friend won’t you be the one to show concern for at least one person this week who needs help?
Concern can be shown in different ways through financial giving for their cause, through prayer, through giving a hand, through calling, email, text, etc.

As I think about being concerned, Jesus Christ concerns about us and wants us to walk with Him. Thank you so much Lord Jesus. We can do that with His help. May we walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and show His concern in other people’s lives! Amen!

"Compassionately Offer Now Care, Emphasizing Redeemer's Nurture! (C.O.N.C.E.R.N)/”Why show C.O.N.C.E.R.N for others in life?”

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for helping me to learn about concern and caring. Lord, help me to care and show concern for others in need of help even when they are not comfortable asking. Help me to minister to those that have ministered to me. I pray those that are troubled can know that you are concerned for them. Please use me in other's lives to make an impact for your honor and glory. Forgive me Lord when I have let it to others to show concern when you want me to be the one to show concern. Help me and others be part of a community that embodies biblical values and lives out Acts 2:42-47. Thank you so much Jesus. I thank you Lord for being concerned for us to the point that you went to the cross to deliver us from our bondage to sin. You shed your precious blood for me because of your ultimate concern for me. I love you so much Jesus! Thank you that we can find deliverance in you. Thank you for carrying our burden. Hear us Oh Lord and please answer us. I pray for the one that is going through a lot right now, that your loving hand will be upon them to bring them your peace and strength. Thank you Lord. Lord, help our concern not to just be to those that benefit us but let us minister to those we see/know that are not doing well. Help us to help them. Thank you so much Jesus. I thank you Jesus for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!

Lord Jesus, You are my all in all. You are my Prince of Peace, Rock, Savior, and Friend. You are my Holy Father guiding me through to live a life of righteousness, holy righteousness. Oh God, I need you more than ever. I need to feel your hands around me holding me tight. I need your love to surround me so that you can glow in my life. Help me please Jesus. I desire in your presence. Thank you for guiding me to live a life of righteousness. Oh God you love me more than ever. You hear my voice when I cry out to you. When I seek your face, you fill me up. You are my all in all. Thank you Jesus so much for your help no matter what I face, your grace is available and you take my case. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! (Most of the prayer is from a vineyard song called “All in All”)

No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help by His grace alone. May the Lord Jesus guide you in His love leading you! Amen!

Feel free to email me at reddy4hisglory2004@yahoo.com if you want to meet to study the Bible, pray with, talk about Spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My number is 412-641-9426

"This is my work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)

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Philippians 4:9b: "How do you know your P.E.A.C.E is real?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (July 02, 12, 08:33 a.m.)

Philippians 4:9a: "What kind of S.O.L.D.I.E.R will you be?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 30, 12, 09:58 a.m.)

Philippians 4:8: What is your T.H.I.N.K.I.N.G based on?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 30, 12, 09:56 a.m.)

Philippians 4:6-7: "How do you handle A.N.X.I.E.T.Y in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 28, 12, 08:05 a.m.)

Philippians 4:5: "What measure of G.E.N.T.L.E.N.E.S.S do you have?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 27, 12, 08:57 a.m.)

Philippians 4:4: "When do you R.E.J.O.I.C.E in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 26, 12, 09:26 a.m.)

Philippians 4:3: "How have you C.A.M.P.A.I.G.N.E.D for Jesus in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 25, 12, 08:58 a.m.)

Philippians 4:2: "How do you respond to a P.L.E.A.D in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 23, 12, 10:45 a.m.)

Philippians 4:1: "Where do you S.T.A.N.D on love in your life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 23, 12, 10:40 a.m.)

Philippians 3:20-21: "What C.I.T.I.Z.E.N.S.H.I.P should you desire the most?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 21, 12, 07:28 a.m.)

Philippians 3:18-19: "Why shed T.E.A.R.S for others in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 20, 12, 08:37 a.m.)

Philippians 3:15-17: "Who or what are you willing to P.A.T.T.E.R.N your life after?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 19, 12, 07:30 a.m.)

Philippians 3:12-14: "How can you deal with the P.A.S.T in your life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 18, 12, 11:43 a.m.)

Philippians 3:1-11: "Why for R.E.F.O.R.M.A.T.I.O.N do you need the transaction of the cross?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 16, 12, 8:57 a.m.)

Philippians 2:25-30: "When will your H.O.M.E.C.O.M.I.N.G begin?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 15, 12, 6:43 a.m.)

Philippians 2:19-24: "How can you Q.U.A.L.I.F.Y well in other people's lives?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 14, 12, 8:18 a.m.)

Philippians 2:17-18: "How do you live out your F.A.I.T.H in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 13, 12, 6:58 a.m.)

Philippians 2:14-16:
"How is your B.E.H.A.V.I.O.R. in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 12, 12, 8:15 a.m.)

Philippians 2:13: "How do you W.O.R.K out your Salvation?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 11, 12, 8:36 a.m.)

Philippians 2:12-13:"What path have you taken for S.A.L.V.A.T.I.O.N in your life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 09, 7:50 a.m.)

Philippians 2:12-13: "What is the point of O.B.E.D.I.E.N.C.E in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 08, 7:51 a.m.)

Philippians 2:9-11:"How do you handle the N.A.M.E of Jesus in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 08, 7:47 a.m.)

Philippians 2:8: "Why should you make a C.R.O.S.S transaction in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 06, 7:26 a.m.)

Philiippians 2:5-7: "How do match Jesus' A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 05, 9:09 a.m.)

Philippians 2:3-4: "How do you respond to C.O.M.M.A.N.D.S in life?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 03, 6:19 a.m.)

Philippians 2:1-2: "What C.O.N.D.I.T.I.O.N are you in?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (June 02, 6:52 a.m.)

Philippians 1:29-30: "How do you handle S.U.F.F.E.R.I.N.G in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (June, 01, 6:52 a.m.)

Philippians 1:27-28:"How do you C.O.N.D.U.C.T yourself in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 31, 12, 7:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:22-26: What are your C.H.O.I.C.E.S based on?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 30, 12, 6:27 a.m.)

Philippians 1:21: "Why D.I.E for Christ?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 29, 12, 4:59 a.m.)

Philippians 1:20: "Where do you need to have C.O.U.R.A.G.E in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 25, 12, 8:08 a.m.)

Philippians 1:19:"Who do you C.A.L.L often in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 24, 12, 8:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:19: "What reason do you have to R.E.J.O.I.C.E in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 22, 12, 8:21 a.m.)

Philippians 1:15-18: "How are your M.O.T.I.V.E.S in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 22, 12, 8:21 a.m.)

Philippians 1:13-14:"What have your C.H.A.I.N.S done to others in your life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 21, 12, 9:04 a.m.)

Philippians 1:12:  "How can you feel so S.P.E.C.I.A.L when things are going so wrong in your life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 18, 12, 8:20 a.m.)

Philippians 1:9-11: "What is your L.O.V.I.N.G response in life based on?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 18, 12, 8:20 a.m.)

Philippians 1:8:   "How can your A.F.F.E.C.T.I.O.N grow towards others in life?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 17, 12, 6:32 a.m.)

Philippians 1:7: "Why cannot you be saved by G.R.A.C.E. alone?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 16, 12, 9:55 a.m.)

Philippians 1:6: "Where are you C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T in?"By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 15, 12, 10:54 a.m.)

Philippians 1:3-6: "How can you attain a P.A.R.T.N.E.R.S.H.I.P in the Gospel?" By Ramesh C. Reddy (May 14, 12, 08:38 a.m.)

Philippians 1:3: "How will others R.E.A.C.T towards God when they remember you?" (May 11, 12, 09:53 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1-2: "When do you B.L.E.S.S others in life?" (May 09, 12, 7:30 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why bother to let others T.R.A.I.N you when you are already a leader?" (May 10, 12, 9:01 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: "Why should you believe you are H.O.L.Y instead of being a sinner?" (May 08, 12, 8:05 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy

Philippians 1:1: Who will you be a S.L.A.V.E to in life? (May 07, 12, 7:06 a.m.) By Ramesh C. Reddy




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