Outline—Philemon 1–7

  1. Prayer of thanksgiving for grace (v. 5)
  2. Prayer of thanksgiving for maturing (v. 6)
  3. Prayer of thanksgiving for refreshment (v. 7)


  • Tact is discretion or prudence in practical matters (touch), delicate perception of the right thing to say or do without offending.
  • Christian tact is appropriate because you must show grace to believers and you are entitled to expect grace from believers.

Take Home Points

  • Value the meaning of Christian brotherhood—to be loved (v. 5).
  • Value the partnership of Christian brotherhood—to be joined (v. 6).
  • Value the usefulness of Christian brotherhood—to be refreshed (v. 7).

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