I struggle with this...
I think sometimes when our flesh is fighting our spirit, and we just don't want to do what we should do, we need to fake it til we make it. Fake it til our flesh catches up with our spirit. However, sometimes when its just words, people notice, and they know we're struggling, they know that our words are fake, and it makes us look like a hypocrite.
Sometimes I think we just need to say "this is who I want to be, I'm not there yet, but that's who I want to be! I'll get there. By the grace of God go I."
Dear Jesus, Your love is better than life!
Matthew 10:39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it