(First, I wasn’t sure whether to put this in the Sacred Scripture forum or here, so my apologies if it is in the incorrect place.)
Galatians 6:10 (RSVCE): “… As we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (emphasis added)
I have always struggled with the second part of this verse. For it seems to suggest that we are in some way to show partiality in our good works to those who are of the Faith. That might lead us to state that those outside the Church are not loved as much as those within the Church. However, I thought God loved everyone equally (though He may delight more in those who follow His Way).
Paul seems here to suggest that we can at least be a little lax in doing good to non-believers as compared to doing so for believers. At the very least, he seems to suggest that it’s OK if we slip a little in doing good to non-believers as long as we make believers a priority. We are then permitted to put less effort into doing good works to nonbelievers. Or, maybe, he even suggests that we should put less effort into this than we should with believers.
So, then, does this verse mean we should show partiality to believers in doing good to them? What implications does this verse have for how we should and how God does relate to those within the Church and those outside? Are we to care less for unbelievers than we are for believers? Are we to then put less effort into doing good works for the former? Are those within the Church moe loved? Are those outside the Church less loved? Are they equally loved? If the last is the ase, how are we to interpret the seeming partiality of the last part of this verse?