Matthew 19:16-17 KJV
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is , God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Since the beginning of time, people in general are enamored with goodness. Or rather, they are enamored with being good. It is such a joy to hear other people tell you, “you are such a good person. I admire you.”
I won’t deny that I, myself, like hearing someone tell me that I am a good person. Seriously, who doesn’t? Anyone and everyone deserves such a praise for being such a jolly good fellow. We also give ourselves a pat on the back on a regular basis. Such a sport, very good, aye.
Goodness is indeed a good characteristic to have. In fact, this Bible Verse signifies goodness as a divine characteristic, that of the Fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 KJV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,”
The author of the Epistle of Romans hopes strongly for it to be an spiritual essense of the Holy people,
Romans 15:14 KJV
“And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.”
The fact is, goodness is a must-have. Certainly we can say that many people do not have goodness within themselves, letting and making themselves to be tools of evil. Even so, goodness in its purest and most perfect form is a God-given trait.
I repeat, perfect goodness is of God.
In explaining the words of Jesus as above, the Truth is simple yet profound. We cannot be good without God’s commandments showing us how to be good. Through obeying His Holy commandments to the letter, we do good. By doing His Will, we do good. When we do all as unto God and not unto men, we do good.
So when we do good according to His commandments, we are letting goodness, that Fruit of the Spirit, to take root within us. Continuing to do so along this path will allow it to grow and bear fruits many-fold in our lives. Need I say, these fruits are a blessing to you and others, because other people will benefit from your goodness.
This is why only God is good, because without His commandments for us to obey, we cannot be good according to His standard. His is the highest standard and the only one which matters, indeed.
People might praise you for your ‘good’ deeds. They wouldn’t know the reasons behind your ‘goodness’. For all they know, you could be a conniving, vengeful and hateful person behind their backs. Your good deeds might be motivated by self-righteousness or desire for praise and adulation.
Bad people can do good deeds.
Or perhaps you are ‘a good person’ who only want to do good and generally having good intentions. You believe in doing good, and by doing so makes you a good person. Indeed, good deeds are good deeds, let’s not deny them. We might even praise such people for their positive initiatives.
However, only God is good.
Let us have goodness by doing good according to His words and have them be worth the while.
Galatians 6:9 KJV
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”