Self-protection produces isolation, defensiveness, self-focus, and alienation from others. Self-surrender produces openness, understanding, community, and mutuality.
Self-protection quenches the Holy Spirit and will keep God distant from you. Self-surrender opens the flood gates and lets God’s rivers of grace and glory flow from within your heart.
A formal program facilitates self-protection. Open sharing and testimonies facilitate self-surrender. (Perhaps churches should be less formal and more participatory.)
Self-protection produces suspicion, insecurity, worry, fear, and anxiety. Self-surrender produces love, joy, peace, faith, and trust.