A Christian response
Before you can give someone the good news of the gospel, you need to tell them the bad news. We cannot pull ourselves up on our own. We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). Dead means we cannot rise up and do something about our situation!
The apostle Paul spends a lot of time in his letter to the Romans telling them the bad news. No one is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, he tells his readers (Romans 3:10-11). But they can have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
With God’s help and Christ’s example, we can strive to do good all year round. Good works do not save us, but are a fruitful demonstration of the truth that lies within.
Paul uses the word always twice in this brief passage. As Muslims try extra hard during Ramadan to atone for themselves and reserve a place in heaven, let’s pray that many will recognise the impossibility of peace with God by their own effort