Do the correct thing because it is the correct thing to do, that is life in the grace of God, the spiritual gifts are goals by themselves, if we act thinking of our own benefit, trying to fit in a society sold to sin, what merit do we have?, Jesus speaks clearly to us about selfish and self-interested actions: "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them" Luke 6:32.
The spiritual gift of righteousness, the definition of the good, is correct judgment (listen or perceive with attention, meditate with intuition and inspiration, decide with discernment) and correct action (Golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", Matthew 7:12). The good heals, brings relief, helps and reduces suffering, things that are very necessary in a society that only values money.
Be good even with the bad, about this, Jesus tells us: "If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back" Luke 6:29-30.
Spiritual edification is a requirement of the Christian faith, as Paul explains in one of his epistles: "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else" 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Righteousness, mercy (compassion, gentleness, kindness), piety (constancy, firmness, devotion) are a commitment that we accept when we follow the path of Jesus, we cannot justify our sins because others sin, we all have the ability to do good and the capacity to teach others is fundamental to be ethical people, the change begins with us and then in others, we cannot pretend to change the world if we are not first capable of changing ourselves. Acting with progressive constancy to build the Kingdom of Heaven is a goal that we must always have if we want to be blessed from above.