The mercy rule

Any time, Drive time

Implement “the mercy rule” when you play board games like Trouble or Sorry!, and look for other ways to implement the same concept in your day-to-day life.

The mercy rule works like this: Typically, in the game of Trouble or Sorry!, when one player lands on a space occupied by another player, the official game rules dictate that the player who was already on the space must give it up and return to the start.

The mercy rule comes into play when someone lands on a space already held by the player who is the furthest behind in the game. If you land on the player who is least likely to win, you simply take the space on the board behind them instead of sending them back to the start.

After the game, or during your next trip in the car together, use the discussion questions below to introduce your children to some real-life applications of the mercy rule.

Pray with your children, asking God to help you be a family who practices the mercy rule at all times – not just during family games.

Questions for discussion
  • Do you know what it means to “kick someone who is down”?
  • Can you think of some real-life examples of people who are hurting or “down”?
  • How can we apply the mercy rule in each of these situations?
Relevant Scripture

1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.

James 3:17 “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.