God’s grace is perfectly paired with absolute truth.
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Jeremiah 2:37 - In despair, you will be led into exile with your hands on your heads, for the LORD has rejected the nations you trust. They will not help you at all.
Read - Jeremiah 2:23-4
When you are compared to a prostitute you can probably assume the conversation is not going well. In God’s dealing with Judah that is his go-to explanation of their lack of character and desire to be taken care of by the next paying customer (any nation that would protect them). Like a spouse who is seeking the whole-hearted commitment of their spouse, God wants the whole heart of the people who are called by His name. For our New Testament living, this means that a person who is called a Christian will follow Jesus without looking to any other source for provision or pleasure.
Lord, You are my refuge.
Compare 1 Peter 5 to Jeremiah 3:15. The New Testament ‘under-shepherd/pastor’ fulfills this role.
The book of Jeremiah says much about the heart. Chapter 4 verse 3 tells the nation that for them to return to God would need to start by plowing up the hard ground of their hearts. These folks had plenty of head knowledge of God but it was never getting into a heart that was soft and able to receive. Thus love never generated and their actions showed it. Because of this, they were punished and their hearts were now broken (verse 8). When we don’t have a love relationship with Jesus, nothing will fill the void.