Faithfully Forever Christ Triumphs In Our Nurture!"
Ramesh C. Reddy
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you
in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the
gospel, all of you share in God's GRACE with me. God can testify how I
long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:7-8,
What word/s of assurance can you use to
describe the relationship of someone you are close to?
I asked myself in what context do we see
God and Jesus Christ used in this verse?
1. God can testify how I long for all of
2. I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
I asked myself what is the significance of
Paul mentioning God and Jesus Christ?
Paul is so confident in his longing for the Philippians with the
affection of Jesus Christ that he is able to say that GOD CAN TESTIFY on
his behalf. Wow! Paul is assured to bank on the testimony of God on his
relationship with the Philippians, that it is genuine with the affection
of Jesus Christ!
I asked myself what are the implications for
my own life?
In any relationship that
the Lord Jesus places in my life whether it is with my sweetheart wife
Chandraleela, family or
friends, can I be able to say,
'God can testify that my longing for others is with the affection of
or can Satan testify that my longing for others is
with the selfishness of Satan. There is no middle ground. It is one or
the other in relationships. I want God to be able to testify on my
behalf to others that it is with the affection of Jesus Christ. Anything
mentioned in Scriptures has implications for our lives somehow and
somewhere because God's entire Word is our instruction manual.
There are and have been relationships in my life that I can confidently say with the apostle Paul,
"God can testify how I
long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus."
And then there are also relationships in my
life that I cannot bank on God to testify on my behalf because that
affection of Christ Jesus is not exhibited on my part towards others.
realized how much the Philippians meant to Paul that he was not shy to
use the word affection in the context of Christ Jesus. It showed me that
affection should not be limited to a romantic relationship alone but
affection of Christ Jesus should be shown to those relationships Jesus
has placed in my life. I want
affection of Christ Jesus to be a
phrase that people can use about my relationship with them.
As Paul longed with the
affection of Jesus Christ towards the Philippians, my affection for
certain brothers and sisters of Transformers, the small group of
Oakland International Fellowship that I was part of for 4 years , grew based on the time spent with them as
it was led by our fearless leader Optimus Prime (I mean
Calvin Chiang :)
Our purpose was to be transformed by and for
Christ without being conformed to this world. I realized the more time I
spent with my brothers and sisters in Christ, the degree of affection
became greater. In other words, we became a stronger community
together and were making a greater impact upon those who did not
know Jesus as we grew in deeper faith through study of Scriptures
I am so excited that
our fearless leader has returned to lead a small group this semester
that Chandra and I decided to commit to with the Lord's help. We
hope the experiences we had with Transformers can be experienced in
this group too. I had 4 years of experience while Chandra has 1 year
of experience with Transformers.
It was not just limited to Transformers but
some of the relationships I have had in Living Acts, Potters Clay, New
IVCF have been with deep affection. Many of them are not here anymore
and I miss them. Especially, I miss
Pastor Hugo Cheng
Edwin Chan who I
could not wait to meet up weekly. I looked forward to that time
because it was awesome discipleship for me. My affection for them
just grew and grew.
The point is that the Lord Jesus can place
people in our life that our affection grows based on our own
relationship experiences with them BUT more than anything, it is because
of our relationship with Jesus Christ.
The purpose of today's devotional for me was to
have relationships in such a way that God can testify on my behalf that
the longing it is with the affection of Christ Jesus.
I ask you now dear friend, how can your
A.F.F.E.C.T.I.O.N. grow towards others?
it starts with having loving relationships in life. A relationship does not have to be romantic even
though our culture equates 'being in a relationship' with being with a
member of the opposite sex but that's not how Paul defined a
relationship and neither should we box a relationship in those terms
alone. The day you and I were born, we were in a
relationship with those who loved us. Through the years, the Lord Jesus
has placed people in our lives to love us, train us, challenge us, etc
for our own growth. Your affection will grow depending on how much you
experience the Lord's love first and foremost.
Jesus wants to have a relationship with you
to take all your scars and heal them by His love.
You can be in the best
relationship possible with the best person who is perfect and will never
disappoint you. Yes, friend you can be! He loves you so much and if you
were the only one living, He would have still come to have a
relationship with you because you are special and precious in His sight.
He has called you by Name and will never leave you nor forsake you.
Jesus went to the cross for your sake and my sake. He paid the
ultimate price by shedding His precious blood for you and me to cover
over all our sins and came back to life on the third day to save us. For when Christ loves
you and heals you, He does not want you to live your life alone but be
part of a
community of believers where we can
reciprocate His love for us and His affection for us.
When you are in a
relationship with Jesus, His love in your life will help you find a
community of believers where your affection will grow towards others
because of Christ's work in your life. When you experience a relationship with Christ,
He will introduce you to a 'Witnessing Community' that can help you
experience love that will turn to deep affection towards others. It
happened to me and Chandra with Transformers and we are excited
about what will happen as we have joined small group again under the
leadership of Calvin.
Having the right people in your life
can make a huge difference. The Lord Jesus has used my
mightily to help me come to know Jesus as my Lord and Personal
Savior so my love for the Lord and experiencing His strong community
is what grows my affections towards others. The Lord continues to
use my mommy and my darling wife
through their prayers to help me grow in affection towards others.
Thank you Jesus!
You and I will need the Lord's help to grow
in affection towards others that we are not used to. I am confident
that in His grace, He will help us so we can adapt to change that we
are not used to and grow in affection towards others.
You and I can be in a relationship with Jesus
and wait upon Him to transform our lives and experience affection that
grows towards others because of what He has already done for us. I hope you would join me if you do not know
Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Savior, for He waits for you and is
calling you. Yes, He is!
May you rest in Him and Him alone where your
affection will grow towards others because of His love and work in your
"Acknowledge, Faithfully Forever Christ Triumphs In Our Nurture!"
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Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for your affection that Paul was able
to display and confidently say that God could testify on his behalf.
Lord Jesus, please help me to show your affection to those around me
and help me to experience the affection of Jesus Christ from others.
Thank you for the people you place in our lives for a season or
lifetime. We are grateful for that when we experience your love
through them. Thanks so much Jesus. We love you Lord. Thanks for
loving us so much and dying for our sins. Thank you for coming back
to life to save us, redeem us, ransom us, and rescue us from the
bondage of sin and death when you shed your precious Blood on the
cross to deliver us. We believe in the power of your Blood to
cleanse us of all our sin and help us be what you want us to be.
Help us Jesus. Thank you so much. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
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!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)