‘No character is ultimately tested until it has suffered.’ – Harry Emerson Fosdick
What is your “true character”?
It’s only ‘revealed best’ during times of “great suffering” and ‘not’ during times of “great prosperity”.
Hence, when you ‘suffer’ for His sake, you’re best “revealed”.
Remember, ‘suffering’ for your ‘own sins/evil acts’ has “no” benefits. Further, only suffering for good counts (here are some verses for your consideration):
“But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.” – apostle Peter (1 Peter 2:20)
“For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” – apostle Peter (1 Peter 3:17)
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – apostle Paul (Romans 5:3)
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” – apostle James (James 1:2 – 4)
In the end,
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” -apostle James (James 1:12)