Respect and esteem due a superior or an elder that is how Websters defines the word, deference. Basically it mean Honor…
We should honor our father, give him the respect due to him. That’s good solid advice, but not always easy to do.
Respect in today era is something earned, no one is deserving of it, just because, they must respect me first… and so on.
Well, sort of. Consider this, if they must respect you first, and they feel the same way, that you must respect them first, in the end no one gets any respect.
Respecting your father (please note, that any male father figure will do here) is a sign of love, it does not mean you agree with everything they say or do, but rather that you will honer them in their wishes as long as it is not harmful to you. Respect is due to the “office” that he holds as father, but the respect must be a two way street. But we all must respect the office of father, if we are ever to gain the respect from the person, and in return we will learn to respect the person of Father also.