Self-Protection is Self-Destruction
Our self reliant actions and reactions are the opposite of walking in the Spirit. Defending oneself is not having faith in God for that situation--He will make right what needs to be corrected. When we keep our motives and heart clean, we remain blameless and he gets to be our defender and our protector. Allow Him to remove your self-protective reactions that are so unhealthy and unattractive and walk in love and trust that he has our best interest.
Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.” Psalm 91:91