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The last piece of love as pulled apart and explained by Paul in the first letter to the Christian Corinthians (seventh verse) reads as follows: love, it says, "endureth all things." But, as we've been reading, the Amplified version reads a little clearer, a little more, uh, exegetical? It says love " endures everything without weakening." Beautiful. I'm reminded of this from Isaiah (42:4, emphasis mine):

"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for His law.

Speaking of Jesus and the resolve He'd need to carry out what the Father called Him to do, this prophecy in Isaiah carries with it two keywords I'm sure we encounter with frequency, both in regard to ourselves and also those we're called to love: failure and discouragement. What are you called to do? There are things in my life even now that when I look to the horizon, feel the tinges, the borders of those two detractors. So how did He do it? As humans, one of the ways we solve problems is to simply power through. To grit our teeth and hold our breath and get the thing done. But as love is from God and also something that is never done—as in, over—this approach flat-out doesn't work.

"And it came to pass, when the time was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem." (Luke 9:51, emphasis mine)

So Jesus did it. Right there in the above does it refer to His resolve. As opposed to the aforementioned "grit" (the kind we might muster up to do something in our own strength), it would seem He—as the forerunner, the model for our way of loving—shut out anything that would distract Him from doing what the Father would have Him do. But as we are not Jesus, the strength we need to do far easier things than die on a cross in the middle of a heavy and most oppressively anti-receptive atmosphere must necessarily come from Him.

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30, emphasis mine)

So it was over and done. Hmm. 

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