“They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing. He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Psalm 126:5-6, AMP
The Babylonian captives endured a long period of “sowing in tears,” yet they reaped the benefit of suffering patiently. In the Amplified Version of this passage, it appears to say that one sows in tears because they are required to use their “precious supply of grain for sowing.” It’s a sacrifice at first; it hurts. It’s that much less food for the here and now. But later, the crop produces 10X as much as was planted and it is worth the original sacrifice in the end.
In the same way, virtue will cost us. We may need to endure hardship in order to later reflect Jesus Christ. I take that back- we will have to endure hardship, but how much more precious will the end result be?