Often, if there is no risk of loss or painful consequences, one will never know if one has integrity. (Sam Storms, teacher and author)
Storms continues: “One will never know if what motivates you is moral conviction or moral convenience until you are forced to suffer loss for standing your ground or keeping your word.” We might wish it were otherwise—that people could just see our integrity without losses or difficulties to test us. So, be sure your strong character is seen when hard times come.
The LORD tested Israel as he led them through the wilderness . . . testing them to prove their character (Deuteronomy 8:2 paraphrased). Endurance develops strength of character (Romans 5:4).