In George Eliot's great tale The Mill on the Floss Maggie Tulliver was reproached by her brodier Tom for what seemed to him wayward and dangerous conduct. Maggie reminded him how he had always enjoyed punishing her, even when she was a little girl who loved him better than anyone else in the world, and how he would let her go crying to bed without forgiving her. "You have no pity," she said. "You have no sense of your own imperfection and your own sins. It is a sin to be hard; it is not fitting for a mortal—for a Christian."
Yes, that is true; it is a sin to be hard. For a mortal, subject to temptation, it is not fitting; and, above all, it is wrong for a Christian, whose hope for eternal life depends upon the forgiving love of God in Christ.