Mirror Neurons: God’s Creativity

Psalm 139:14 says, “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” We have mirror neurons in our brain. I learned about them when I had the last brain injury and could not draw matching sides to my vases. Several years later, the sides may look even to me, but my artist friends have to help me correct one side because I can’t discern the difference.

I asked my doctor about them. She said that when she goes to check out at the grocery store, she looks at the checkers. She chooses the one who is the most cheerful and engaging. Why? She doesn’t want her mirror neurons to pick up on an angry checker.

Here is something I copied from google. Mirror neurons respond both when perceiving an action and while executing an action. They provide a direct internal experience of another person’s actions or emotions.

Matthew 6:22-23 says, “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness….”

Have you ever seen the eyes of an angry person, or someone that is really sad? Their eyes are a reflection of their heart. They don’t have to say a word, because their eyes are revealing something hidden.

Our body language reflects our inner being. I have seen this many times when I am talking to someone about the Lord. When they squint their eyes, I know that I’ve lost them because their unbelief has shut down their heart.

Proverbs 6:12-14 was king Solomon’s God-given wisdom. Look for clues through body language. Read these words carefully and you will see body language that exposes a deceptive heart.

It says, “A worthless person, a wicked man walks with a perverse mouth; he winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he points with his fingers. Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.”

Here is another tell-tale body language of one who walks in hidden sin or shame. They will not look at your eyes as they talk to you. They usually look down at their feet or anywhere but your eyes. Wise words, especially for employers or a father with a prospective son in law.

What is all this saying? Hebrews 1:3 is Jesus’ example of how we are to walk. It says, “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

The words ‘express image’ in Greek is charakter. What does that remind you of? Our English word character. It means an exact copy or representation. It is like an engraving, or something stamped or imprinted.

I encourage you to ask yourself this question: Do my eyes reveal a heart that is peaceful and confident because of my relationship with the Lord? We can say one thing and act another. Is our message and messenger the same?

I love Franklin Graham’s statement about his father. He said that his dad was the same in the pulpit as he was at home. Character is what we do behind closed doors when no one else is watching.

What mirror neurons are expressed through your eyes or countenance? Psalm 34:5 says, “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” We mirror our sinful flesh to others, or our submissive heart to the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:20 called us ambassadors for Christ. May we reflect Him in every aspect of our lives.

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