If this is true of you, you’ve got a spiritual problem …

There’s a golden rule among human resource gurus that states, “The best predictor of future performance is past behavior.”

That’s why HR specialists teach managers to ask in job interviews specific questions about past situations job candidates have found themselves in, and how they handled those situations. The idea is that how they handled people and situations in the past is likely how they will handle people and situations in the future.

There’s some truth to that, but it should not be the case for the Christian.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony,” Colossians 3:12-14.

When you become a follower of Christ, you change! And that includes how you treat people and handle situations.

If you’re still treating people the way you did before you were saved, and if you’re still handling situations the same way you did before Christ was your Lord, then you probably have a significant spiritual problem. It’s nothing you and the Holy Spirit cannot fix. The question is, will you?