Too many Christians have been led to believe that they have to appear perfect before others (or at least close to it). Like everyone else, Christians are still imperfect.
They are flawed – BUT forgiven.
When the New Testament tells Christians to “be perfect”, the command does not mean “flawless” or “sinless” but “complete” and “mature” (Matthew 5:48; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:11 – 13; Philippians 3:10 – 16; Colossians 4:12; II Timothy 3:16, 17; Hebrews 6:1 – 3; Hebrews 13:20, 21; I Peter 5:8 – 11; James 1:2 – 4).
The apostle Paul gives a personal reality check about the inner struggle that we all can identify with. . .
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what want, but I do the very thing I hate. . . For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. . . So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!. . . There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
– Romans 7:14 – 8:2 (English Standard Version)
Becoming more Christ-like is just that – a growth process orchestrated by God Himself.