Below is a quote from another poster on another thread...
Quote: I believe every child of God deserves to be treated with love by his brothers and sisters in Christ.
I know that we are supposed love others and treat them with kindness, but I had never heard the theory that we are supposed to treat others with love and kindness because they "deserve" it. I had always simply accepted that as Christians we must follow the Golden Rule (Do unto others...) and the second part of "the Greatest Commandment" simply because Jesus said so.
I never questioned why we were supposed to love others and treat them with kindness, so the idea that they "deserve" is is a new concept for me. I would have thought we just love them and treat them kindly without ever considering what they deserve.
I used a concordance to look for "deserve" and all I could find were references to scriptures re: God's mercy, i.e. we deserve judgement/punishment but we receive His mercy because He loves us.
Does anybody have scriptural support (or CCC) that says we love others because they "deserve" it?
Does anybody have scriptural support that says why they "deserve" our love?