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 Form 4 CRE online lessons on the family

Traditional african and christian response to jealousy as a family problem

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Traditional African and Christian response to jealousy as a family problem:
-Jealousy is a common vice in human relationships.
- In families jealousy is common among wives and children. For example, in polygamous families, jealousy and hatred are likely to emerge among wives as they compete for attention, love and a fair share of family resources.
- Jealously in traditional African communities exists although it is not pronounced. For example, when there is rivalry among co-wives the husband is expected to find out the cause and address the problem.
-The community also expects a husband to love and distribute his resources fairly to all his wives and children.
- If he fails to do so his age-mates, elders and family members are expected to advise and help him in finding solutions.
- The bible condemns jealousy and hatred (Galatians 5: 19-21); Ephesians 4:31).
- There should be no rivalry and jealousy in Christian families because members are expected to love one another in the same way God loves us.
- The church preaches against all vices such as jealousy, envy, anger and hatred.
-It encourages members to uphold the Christian virtues of love, patience, kindness, tolerance, humility and faithfulness.
-The Bible also teaches Christian parents to love all their children without discrimination as “children are gifts from God”


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