The need to defend SELF is called: DEFENSIVE.
Ask yourself why you feel the need to reflexively defend yourself in certain areas.
Galatians 2:20 – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Luke 9:23 – And he said to [them] all, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Galatians 5:24 – And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Mark 8:35 – For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
John 12:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Matthew 10:38 – And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
1 Corinthians 15:31 – I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Colossians 3:3 – For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
Philippians 1:21 – For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.