To deny the Word is to fail, through fear, to do what is good.
To betray Him is to deliberately to choose to commit sin.
The outcome of every affliction endured for the sake of virtue, is joy.
The outcome of every labor, is rest.
The outcome of every shameful treatment, is glory.
The outcome of all sufferings, for the sake of virtue, is to be with God, to remain with Him, forever, and to enjoy eternal rest.
— Maximus the Confessor