Some religions hold a philosophical view of goodness and what it means to be good—on some level, for some cause, for personal benefit or the benefit of a group or the whole global community. Theirs is the human principle of goodness, basically being good for goodness’ sake, and includes universal virtues like tolerance or pity for the less fortunate or self-denial.
Christianity teaches another perspective. For Christians, all goodness is from God—He is good and extends His goodness to all and those who know Him as Lord demonstrate His goodness. For Christians, goodness is part of God’s unconditional love. His love is kind and good. His goodness produces spiritual fruits of goodness in our lives, practically and spiritually.
The Lord’s redemption did not come because men are good but rather because He is good. He doesn’t dictate that we be good for anyone’s sake but teaches goodness for the believer means the Lord is at work in our lives and the good works that result aren’t for goodness alone but are natural expressions of lives responding to His lead.
The Lord, He is good!