It’s very encouraging for young Christians to see older saints who look like Jesus in thought, word, and deed. Their example motivates us to honor the Father and to be “conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). How do we grow into such a resemblance over time?
For many years, researchers have questioned why married couples look like one another more and more over the years. Studies like this one conducted three decades ago at the University of Michigan consistently show that couples do grow to look more like one another as they age. Researchers believe that couples begin to mimic each other’s facial expressions and in time develop muscle memories that are similar. Over the years, these habits cause their facial features to be conformed more closely to one another in a permanent way. It is also believed that the shared emotions that accompany these facial expressions may also increase visible similarities over time.
The Christian’s experience with Christ is similar. In his treatise on the Holy Spirit, John Owen wrote: “[Love] begets a likeness between the mind loving and the object beloved…A mind filled with the love of Christ as crucified…will be changed into his image and likeness, by […]