I often hear the word meekness confused to also mean humility. I would like to provide a new look at the word meekness, by briefly explaining the differences between Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood.
If you look into the use of the Aaronic Priesthood, you will see that their duties are almost all about judgement and penalties. On the other hand, the Melchizedek priesthood is all about blessings. The Aaronic has the keys to the ministering of angels, but angels can give either instruction, or destruction. However, the Melchizedek Priesthood has the keys to the mysteries of God.
So when do you use Aaronic or Melchizedek? The ability to know when to be Aaronic or Melchizedek… IS MEEKNESS!
All can agree that using physical force is of a lower Aaronic behavior. Angels slamming Laman and Lemuel, knocking Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah out, or angels of death and destruction, are common in all records of scripture. In a world of compulsory-means, …we think that strategic manipulation (avoiding force) has a form of godliness, leaning toward Melchizedek. Yet, while trickery might produce a result (getting kids to fast, produce good grades, dress a certain way, etc.), it has little to do with long-term results. The point I am making here is, few (if any) know how to truly be Melchizedek.
Melchizedek literally means “King of Righteousness.” The definition of a ruler is not someone who rules over, …rather, a ruler is a teacher of truth, to lift others by teaching them of Christ. In the form of Melchizedek, rulers have accurate expectations, teach through success, and provides time for the learner to acquire “as they are ready.” In the past, I have been too low in my Aaronic judgements. In my zealousness, I have looked beyond the mark of others. I have not been meek. This is my focus. Mahalo for your patience.