It was on April 26, 1986 in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine that the Chernobyl nuclear plant became one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. The accident occurred during safety testing on a steam turbine. During the testing, the power levels dropped putting the reactor in an unstable condition. The chamber, housing the radioactive carbon, was in danger of melting right through the floor. If that happened, it would have caused a massive steam explosion which would have forced thousands of tons of radioactive material into the air. Three brave men volunteered to stay behind to stop the explosion. These men selflessly exposed themselves to massive doses of radiation to save the lives of their fellow countrymen. Though they survived, they later succumbed to the radiation exposure.
The Bible says :
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud … unthankful, unholy…” 2Timothy 3:2.
Sadly, this is the state of our day, in the world, and more regrettably in the church. Many are so consumed by daily life that there is little time to consider the needs of others. But we need not be dismayed, for we have the well of Christs love, to draw from and share it abundantly with those around us.
In small ways, day by day, we can display our love for one another. It is as simple as putting someone else’s needs before our own. Using our talents and gifts for the benefit of others. However, if we find ourselves lacking compassion know that
“As we seek to win others to Christ, bearing the burdens of souls in our prayers, our own hearts will throb with the quickening influence of God’s grace; our own affections will glow with more divine fervor; our whole Christian life will be more of a reality, more earnest and more prayerful.” Ellen G White, My Life Today, Page 119.